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Afro jazz artiste turns to gospel

Malekapore Tlhapi ea Leoatle

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MASERU- Jazz artist, Martha ‘Mabathoana, known by her stage name ‘Malekapore Tlhapi ea Leoatle, has released a gospel single that will be on shelves on this coming Easter on April 14 2017.

The single which is called Thapelo ea bana is her first attempt in gospel music after a long sting in the music industry. The 32 year-old artiste says she joined the music industry back in 2006 through kwaito music and then moved on to Afro Jazz in 2008, but she never thought of singing gospel.


However, her life came up with some challenges, so she thought of also praising God for the gift of life and the only way she could do this was through music. She says people have so many challenges in life but they should always look up to God for solutions to those challenges.

As she was driven by her life experience to gospel music, ‘Mabathoana advises parents to love and support their children and help them to make good decisions so that they do not end up committing crimes that would ruin their lives and their future.

She however says there is no road without challenges, so people still encounter problems here and there, especially if one dos not have educational background to help him/her financially. Talking from her own experience ‘Mabathoana says there might be some willing companies or individuals to help where they see talent, but one has to go through some trying times in their life.

From now on, ‘Mabathoana says she will not only be known as only jazz or kwaito artiste but will be mixing her music with a touch of gospel on every album that she will release in future. She also promises to work on a full gospel album part of which may come out after the launch of the single in April.

She further advices newcomers that music is a calling that needs love and patience for someone to be successful and that their music should have a positive message to their fans as well as being an inspiration to people who listen to it while at the same time, helping  them to rejoice and praise the Lord.

‘Mabathoana’s journey into the music industry was inspired by two South Africa Afro jazz artistes, the late Brenda Fassie and Thandiswa Mazwai. She hopes that one day she would become like them through their achievements in music industry.

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