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JAMAICAN reggae star Sizzla performs at 4Fordy on Wednesday
JAMAICAN reggae star Sizzla performs at 4Fordy on Wednesday

Mohalenyane Phakela

ACCLAIMED Jamaican reggae artist, Sizzla Kolanji, on Wednesday wowed both revelers and local musicians during his surprise performance at the Khubetsoana-based 4Fordy nightclub.

Sizzla Kalonji, or simply Sizzla, visited Lesotho last Monday after performing at the inaugural Reggae Spring Jam in South Africa’s Maboneng Precinct the day before.

The 39-year-old reggae muso, who left the country on Thursday, spent two days in Katse, Thaba-Tseka district, ahead of his performance at 4Fordy.

Born Miguel Collins in Kingston on 17 April 1976, Sizzla is one of the most prolific reggae and dancehall musicians of his generation, with 70 solo albums under his belt.

Alongside such icons as Capleton, Norris Man, Buju Banton, and Anthony B, Sizzla is credited with leading a movement which re-embraced Rastafarian values in contemporary reggae music by recording material concerned primarily with spirituality and social consciousness.

His music explores common themes, such as Babylon’s (human institutions) corrupting influence, the marginalisation of ghetto youths and oppression of black people epitomized in the songs Thank You Mama, Born a King, No White God and Clean Up Your Heart.

Sizzla remains a constant presence on the reggae charts worldwide, and has 21 albums which have made it onto the Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums music chart.

During Wednesday’s show, Sizzla literally brought the packed house down, with the audience and artistes alike singing along to his popular tracks.

Also performing during the bash was the local coterie of T-Mech, Meloh, Sludge, Sensei Raxx, Tholoana, and Ebonix Humble Beginners band.

In an interview with Xpress People on Friday, rapper T-Mech said sharing the stage with the reggae icon was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he would always cherish.

“I benefitted immensely from sharing the stage with Sizzla as he is one of the greatest artistes of our time, and one most artistes look up to for inspiration,” said T-Mech.

“Even though I am not a reggae artiste, his music inspires me. It was also an amazing experience to perform with a live band. I believe my career changed for the better because of this experience and the reception from the crowd.”

On his part, reggae and dancehall artist, Meloh, said sharing the stage and seeing one of her icons in the flesh was “overwhelming”.

“My music is very much inspired by Sizzla because his lyrics have substance and carry many deep messages that enlighten the masses, while also entertaining them,” said Meloh, who announced her arrival into the music industry last year with a single titled Soul Riddim, featuring Gen AP.

“As much as I draw inspiration from Sizzla, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would someday meet and share ideas with him. I feel quite honoured.”

The Khubetsoana-born artist added Sizzla’s conscious reggae made her aware of the power of music as a force for good and evil.

“Through Sizzla, I learnt the importance of taking care how my musical gift impacts on the people. I also learnt how to stay true to my craft while continuing to be as versatile as possible,” Meloh said.

“It was a great and unforgettable experience to meet and interact with a great musician such as Sizzla, and most of all, learning from him.”

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