Another famo singer killed

MAFETENG — Another famo artist was shot dead last Sunday night. Lehlohonolo Senone, 24, was fatally shot at his home in Mafeteng by unknown gunmen.

Police suspect he was shot in his sleep because they found bullet holes on his bedroom window.

Senone becomes the eighth famo musician to be murdered in just five months in what police suspect is a vicious famo gang war that has claimed 30 artists since the beginning of the year. 

Like Senone, most of the murdered artists are from Mafeteng, a district that has produced some of the country’s most successful famo musicians.

Unconfirmed reports say nearly 100 artists have been murdered in South Africa and Lesotho over the past 12 months.

In July Makhaula Hlakane, another famo artist from the same district, was shot dead as he disembarked from a taxi in Mohale’s Hoek.

Police say the gangs are fighting over markets.

They say the vitriol-filled lyrics in some famo songs could have worsened the feuds between the gangs.

Senone was part of the Seakhi group (a gang of famo artists) that was led by the late Rants’o (Rants’o Makepi) who was also shot dead last October.

Senone was best known for his first album Lerumo which he released in 2004.

Later he released Morena Seoa 1 and 2, which his producers say did well on the market.

At the time of his death he was working on a fourth album.

Senone’s uncle, Ts’eliso Senone, told the Lesotho Times that Senone had just arrived from his base in South Africa to work on the new album.

“He was staying in South Africa where he was still marketing his music.

“He came for rehearsals because he was supposed to start recording his fourth album at the beginning of this week,” Tšeliso said.

He said a few hours before his murder Senone had been rehearsing some of his new songs with his group.

“He was practising with his band members the whole of Sunday afternoon. They (the group) left at 7pm and Senone went to sleep,” he said.

Tšeliso said around 8pm they heard gunshots at Senone’s house.

We found him lying in his bed, dead, he said.

“Outside we found another body of a person we don’t know. He could have been part of the gang that came to kill Lehlohonolo (Senone) because we had never seen him before in this village.”

According to Tšeliso the musician had earlier told some of his relatives that he had been receiving death threats on his phone.

“He said he was receiving text messages from people he didn’t know who were threatening to kill him. He said these people were trailing him.

“He said when he arrived in Lesotho these people started calling him telling him that they were watching him,” Tšeliso said.

Police Inspector Thabang Moiketsi confirmed the incident. “We received a message on Sunday night that a famo artist had been murdered,” Moiketsi said. 

“Police found three windows at his house broken.”

He said Senone had a wound on the forehead and just above his left eye.

He said there was also another dead body of an unknown man they believed to be aged around 25.

The man, Moiketsi said, had bruises on his head and face. Most of the famo killings have remained unsolved.

In July Lephats’oa Lebajoa, a popular famo artist who leads a group called Fito, appealed to the government to help stop the killings in the industry.

He said the government had turned a blind eye to the ruthless murders in the music industry.

Lebajoa said he had sought assistance from government ministers to help stop the killings but no action had been taken.

“If the government was working hard enough to solve these problems the numbers of people who are dying would not be accumulating on a daily basis.”

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26 thoughts on “Another famo singer killed

  1. Liafela libini tsa haeso tsa Mafeteng. Unless our government pay a special consideration to resolve this problem that our famo artists are faced with we are yet to see more brutal deaths of this cadre of musicians. Anyway ba tsebang, who is this Lehlohonolo? I know Lehlohonolo who is affctionately known as “MAHLANYA” oa Seakhi, naa ekaba ke eena eo? Mahlanya has become very controversial in his songs which have been released after the death of Rant’so Maketsi

  2. @Lenketsang – enoa ke morena Seoa, ke eena ea letsetsang batho ba Seakhi koriana, ho setse Mmalerato joale ka korianeng. mofu ke motho oa haeso Malumeng and ka na ka bolela hore mohlomphehi Lehohla maoba mona ho P.E. o bonahala a sa batle ho phekola aids ena ea sethunya bathong ba haeso!

    ntho ena ha esa phekolee e tlo kekela and ke bona mohla ho thungoang Lekase kapa Chakela e tlilo phahloha ka hona se makaleng ka ntoa ea bana ba thari Bokaota mohla monene, ke bona makholokholo a batho a shoele tsatsing leno

  3. Molimo ntate ea matla ohle, re hoelehetsa ho oena hle ntate, ho sa lekane ka lipolaeano tsena tse sehloho ha kana. E be ke neng babolai ba tla hlokomela hore ba bolaea moruo oa naha e, ke mang ea tla fepa malapa ao, ea tlang ho holisa bana bao. O malimabe oena `molai, nd ur day will also come, Le ha `muso oa rona o ka iphapanya, Molimo oa o tseba, nd u will not hide or run away from his fury

  4. Being a Mosotho is not an advantage. I am curremtly residing in RSA, when other people play their traditional music up to full blast i can’t. Nka u letsa joang e le litlhapa feela? Sumfin that we shud b very proud of have turned to be something detastable right infront of our eyes. Our Ls government must not be Blamed though, i have researched and learnt that most of Famo artists produce their music via South Africa registered Companies. Thus, their music is products of RSA. Our government may only co-odinate a body that must be set up to listen to the famo music before they are allowed into our beautiful country. Lesotho doesn’t benefit from these musicians, joale chelete ea ho ba sala sala morao ba e nke kae? ho rona bakhafi ba lekheto? never! Loanang Banna ha mino o felile!!!!!!!!!

  5. Oena k.koloi o ipuela nyola feela tjena,hao tlohelle keng hoo letsa mmino oo monna oo oa sesotho monna,re tsoenyehile ke lipolaeono oena ore banna baa ba loane mmino o felile,ebe hao satane e moo ea Thabana morena e lulang lecoop e ipitsang Rantsane?

  6. Ke mohlolo haeba ha baare o bolauoe ke Chakela sebini seseng le seseng ha sebolauoe hothoe ke Chakela kapa kehoba ba mots’aba? Le haholejoalo kere ntoa haelale kabokaota makoala renone.Molimo one aalimile oboetse olatile kahona moea oa hae leoa balumeli bohle bafalletseng ophomole ka khotso.

  7. Motho ya sentseng mmino wa sesotho ke Daniel Rampipi,ke yena ya ntseng a hlohleletsa ntwa tsena,eitse hore a qabane le Chakela,yaba ntoa ya qala,seoa,sephetho,mahlanya,chicago,matsetse,lekase,matlosa,Ralekhunong,bana ke banna ba lwantshang Terene,o ka utlwa lifela tsa lekase: ”ntoa ke hona etlo loanwa,le thibe maponesa”,o nkobisa o etsa mohlolo,nkao timeletsa mabaka,wa ntsha marakana a tlale lefatse,ore a tsome lebele le mona la mankgala,bakeke ba lefuma…” tsena di tswa ho Sehoete moru number 5,le ,ya sekama kutsi,hape oka mamela lira li camme ya sepheto,le rantso le lekase,kassete e bitswang sephadi sa lipere,ditaba di hona mono

  8. Ebe mmuso ona leha o ka rata ho kena taba ee o ka e phekola joang hoba meleko ee ha e qeta ho bolaeanela Lesotho moo e khutlela afrika boroa koa. Ke hore feela batho bana ba famo ba ikeletse or else ba tlohele mmino on hoba kannete nna ha ke bone pheko. Pheko e ka tlisoa ke bona batho bana qhaa!!

  9. PAPARRAZI chakela etlaaba khosi ea hao orata kapa osa rate otlameha ooela serankaneng sena sentseng se monyeta ka mashano.

  10. Oena Mopeli o ipuela masepa hao tsebe letho,ntho tsena li qaluoe ke eena ntatao chakela eno rona reo joetse sehata marikhoana tooe,Rants’o ona bina poo eaba abutiao enoa ekareng o jele litapole tse chesang kaha haana lifela a nyatsa haa utloa batho ba rorisa Rants’o le pina e teng e utsoitsoeng ke eena ntatao eno ereng e oele pelesa e meja,ke pina ea Rantso.Ntatao enoa Chakela a utloa Pheello a bua ka Indi Amini pineng ea Pheello e nngoe tjena esa tsoa lla eaba oa matha oea studiong o fihla a bua ka Indi Amini pina kaofela moo a shebileng hore hothoe oa bina.Hase khosi ntatao eno lehaeba ana le chelete haa tsebe ho bina oa utloa satane.Mamela bashana bo Motlai tlai haba nts’a lifela eseng ntatao eno.

  11. Ehlile Chakela ke eena a ntsa qeta libini,haa ikise hoba o boi,o romella likatana tsena tse hlotsoeng ke bophelo oli bokantse Bloem mane li ntse lire hae tlale terene.Daniel teng oa nyela hase eena a bakileng lipolao ebile O tena a qabana le Chakela tjena hoba a nyatsa mesebetsi ena ea hae e mebe ene Chakela o haufinyana a shoa o shebe na hoso shoele bana ba batho ba bakae a ntsa romeletsa likatana hore liba bolaee a batla ho sale eena feela,
    Haa tsebe ho bina oa tlerola haa na lifela feela hee koriana eona oa e letsa hakena mona moo hee eena oa e letsa ngoana Joalane feela ka hanong pere!

  12. Hela lona lirankana, hoja la tlohela Khosi! Naa ntja engoe le engoe ha e shoele e tla be esale e tharisoa ho CHakela? Libininyana tse nchanyana tsena ke tsona tse fihlang ka ho sa mminong mona ene haesale Khosi a bolela ho “Ahlephile mangope, li sa tla oela lifofu”!!

  13. Ehlile o ona Masepa hantle ke hore Manyala hantle.Ntatao Chakela enoa ho setse nako ese kae otla ba khots’e litsietsi,mmae otla lla joaloka bo mmabana bana ba ntseng ba lla,molimo hase moshanyana ke eane o ile a senoleha a romme body guard tsena tsa hae li ilo bolaea Rants’o.2011 ekeke ea fela aso shoe otla mpotsa thola feela o shebelle

  14. Tlohellang Chakela hleng banna, ha e le moo le tseba hore o oa bolaea ha le lome sepolesa tsebe keng, batho bana ba ntse ba bolaeana tjena ba tseba hore le tla supa Chakela a ituletse Mangaung koana a iketsetsa chelete…

  15. Malinyane a marabe le joetsitsoe ke mang hore le balehe bohale bo tlang ba MATLAMA.
    Lona le aparang kobo tse t’sehla tsa batsoetse le tlo nyela pele ho patoa Morena Seoa le motsekisa Dvd ea hae e monate.
    Chakela a tle Lesotho a tla bone mmae hammoho le lona lirotela tlung ting tsa makoala.
    LE MAMELE BOKHABANE BA MATLAMA le utloe ngoana Mathonkha h’a betsa lifela o re o tsekisoa ho bua shit lefung la Rant’so.
    Wena Chakela ehlile o cheap mmao sebono le balateli ba hao.
    O malimabe Faro oa Matelile.

  16. Dieta tsa Dikhohlopo September 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Ke e mametse bokhabane ba matlama,bashemane bao bantse bae puela shit hoya pele,haholo letono,moshanyana enwa o pheta koma ha moholo,masepa ae eno o bua ka ho thula thaba,a weloa boripa tshwene,aiye ka boripa tshwene, a ntano kgwakgwisa yona metenya ya sasa,o jwang ka leo? nna ke ha hlathe disao,lepholo ebe khokhoumanong,disao ebe tsa tshinabele…..hoha mikgu matobaka disao….

  17. Wena lieta tsa likhohlopo o ntso ipuela nthoesele o nka lebollo jwaloka masepa hoja kea u tseba o no tla rwaka tsatsi le o tswetswe ka lona.
    O khema le ntatao chakela ea utswang chelete ya basali ba lifeme Maseru ka seteisheneng jwale o tsekisa Morena Seoa hobane a buile nnete lefung la Rant’so.
    Che batho ba Terene ba t’soere ‘mamphele ka sekotlo.
    O kae ‘Mantsoaki ke bua ka Molefi Tjemolane le Seropo?
    Ba e theohile Terene ena ea lona le shebe volume 3 ya TERENE le tla bona mathata.
    Ntata Mafahla o kae le rakhaliae ‘Motseng.
    Nkabeng Materene lintja ting le tlo nyela.
    Ereng a qholotse Moketa a tla bone kapa Mant’sa!

  18. Tlohong Thabana Morena liea palangoa moqebelo lileba Mmapeng lona litleperetsa likobo letlo nyela hake batle ho bona motho ea apereng tleleki ea lipere le ntekane le theohe le eonatharasi eo ea lona e bitsoang Chakela nke ketlo mo nka poraefete

  19. He lona le buang lebollo jwalo ka nnywana tsabo mmalona letla nyela borojoana ba maoa thotong ting!nnywammae enwa ke tswafa le ho bitsa lebitso lae hae,nnywammao towe mofunyane towe!

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