By Mohalenyane Phakela
MASERU — Gassed up like a brand new filling station, Febric has returned with a bang!
Febric’s music is an acquired taste but if you wrap your head around it you will find it hard to get it out of your mind.
His gruffy voice makes it easy to distinguish him from the rest.
Born Tebello Victor Kooko 24 years ago in Khubetsoana, Febric started rapping in 2009 working with Isosceles of I.N.I Records.
He later on inked a lucrative two-year deal with Bam Promotions under which he released his debut album Ke Tsamaile that featured hit single Bumper that became an anthem in ‘club-land’.
“I always had a passion for rap music. While growing up, I was inspired by South African rapper D-man (Lebohang Mohapi) of Bling Entertainment — which I am bound to sign with before the end of the year,” Febric said in an interview with the Weekender on Monday.
“I have had an opportunity of sharing the stage with music veterans like Ts’epo Ts’ola, Lira, Liquideep and Spikiri whilst still promoting Ke Tsamaile.
“When I left Bam Promotions in 2011, I went to Klerksdorp in South Africa so I could start working on another project on a clean slate. I returned early this year to finalise the content,” he said.
Febric has proved to be different from his peers. He runs a website where his fans can listen to his songs.
He had a few words of advice to those who might entertain dreams of joining the music industry.
“One must never join this industry just because you want to be popular or as means of making a quick buck, let it be for the love of music and nothing else,” he said.
On the topic of his second offering 100% Mosotho he said: “The album is simply about remembering my roots, that is, solidification of why I am a proud Mosotho.”
“I have worked with local artists Rumzy, Big Daddy D and Damario, then Bongani Notsi and Trompie who are both from South Africa,” he said.
100% Mosotho is a blend of deep Hip Hop cuts with a dash of Sotho-hop “venack” which has become popular nowadays.
It is a 10-track album that offers nothing but high-quality tunes, he said.
The title track, Clipa% Mosotho, is already dominating the local charts.
Febric has definitely returned in earnest, although he doesn’t want to call it a comeback.