BLOEMFONTEIN based singer and songwriter, Sway, cannot wait to soothe the hearts of patrons during the Lesotho Times Fanfest which he said will serve as the launch of his solo career in his hometown of Maseru on 3 November at Setsoto Stadium.
The Afro Pop, RnB, Soul and Gospel musician told the Xpress People in a recent interview that the booking was a testimony that he was still appreciated in his hometown and promised not to disappoint.
The Tšenola-born singer said that he was in the studio recording in his native Sesotho which he will be performing for the first time on 3 November.
“My solo career was basically launched in South Africa so when I got a call to perform for the first time at home, especially at a festival of that magnitude, it made me realise that Basotho longed for my music,” Sway said.
“As we speak I am in the studio working on a repertoire for the festival. The songs I am cooking are mostly in Sesotho because I feel this is an opportunity to get in touch with my roots and the best way to connect with the crowd is by using my native language.
“I feel honoured by Lesotho Times and Plan A who granted me the opportunity. Basotho should expect a mind-blowing performance and be ready to sing along and dance to some of the songs. I have matured and people will not believe that I am the same guy who grew up in Tšenola.”
Sway said that he will be introducing songs such as Lerato Laka which is about his patriotic affection for Lesotho and Ha re Tsamae which is a love song.
He will be sharing the stage with the likes of Juvy, Smooth, Katz, Mtsuzi, Counter Force, Charma Exzit, Kopper, Bootz, DJ Dimo and Together among others.
The legendary Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe) and Lesotho’s very own Tshepo Tshola and Fatere will also perform at the event.
South African acts such as AKA, Kwesta, Nasty C, Trompies, Thebe, Prince Kaybee, Sho Madjozi, Lerato Kganyago, Amanda Black, Thami, Lady Zamar and several others will also grace the stage.
Ms Kiva will co-host the Lesotho Times’ over 10 years of service celebration with comedian Lilaphalapha as well as radio personalities Themba Nyathi and Lady Terror.
Organised by Plan A, the Lesotho Times FanFest, is sponsored by Maluti Mountain Brewery, Sefalana Liquor Lesotho, AVANI Hotels, Vodacom Lesotho, Perfect Car Rental, JCDecaux, D2 Graphix, Afro Media and PC FM.
Sway, real name Katleho Tšehla, joined the music industry in 2011 as the lead vocalist for the Jazz band, Major 7. The group grew in popularity performing at various festivals and corporate events but due to work commitments that dispersed members, it disbanded in 2016.
However, music remained Sway’s first love. His manager landed him a collaboration with South African disc spinner, DJ Finzo, with whom they produced the song I Swear in 2016 which saw him move to Bloemfontein and further landed him several bookings.
“The song with DJ Finzo opened booking doors for me in South Africa. I am currently working on my debut album but the plan is to release singles as a build up to the official release which will be sometime next year.
“I am working with a powerful team which is why I am confident in the sound we are making. I am also a hard worker who believes in the power of prayer.
“My music is not only a demonstration of my life, emotions and experiences. I try my best to connect with people by recording music that can accommodate any age group,” Sway said.