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Juvy not resigning

by Lesotho Times
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…says track Faki’Mali is still a hit

Nthatuoa Koeshe

MUSICIAN Juvy oa Lepimpara is not ready to resign as he had promised last year.

The musician declared to the Lesotho Times last year that he would resign if his then new track Faki’Mali did not grow to become a hit.

As fate would have it, the track struggled for airplay during the just ended festive season and largely went unnoticed as evidenced by its absence on party lovers’ playlists, at least compared to the craze that followed his previous hit Skipa se Ntekane.

And out to prove that Skipa se Ntekane was no fluke, the singer asserted last year that he would gladly retire if Faki’Mali did not reach the heights in terms of popularity.

“I believe in the song to a point where I am willing to place all bets on it that it will become one of the biggest in the country,” he said last year adding: “if it does not (become a hit), then I am giving up on music”.

However, the singer was this week more expressive, saying that he still thinks the track was a hit although some may disagree.

“Music is subjective. One might compliment a song for being a hit but the next will disagree.

“I think I attained my goal with the song and I loved the response which I got when I performed it…The song was a hit but the next person might not agree,” the Mazenod-born singer said.

He added that the music video was also one of the best to be released in 2018.

“I personally think the Faki’Mali music video was the biggest music video to be released last year but someone else might differ,” he said.

The rapper said the fact that the music video currently has close to 10 000 view and 205 shares on Facebook where he uploaded it in October 2018 is a measure of its success.

He also said it was premature to compare the track Faki’Mali with Skipa se Ntekane because the latter had more time to mature.

“I believe that with time Faki Mali will be as big as SKipa se Ntekane and I think it is only fair that it is given as much time,” Juvy said.

Skipa se Ntekane featuring fellow rapper Jiji F was released in 2015 and became an instant hit. Local music video producers stumbled upon each other with pledges to shoot its video in 2016 saying it was the biggest track in the country at the time.

The track went on to attract attention of foreign markets with producers of South African Etv’s prime time soapie, Rhythm City, making it their sound track in October 2017 year for an entire week.

He went on to grace big stages such as the Vodacom Summa Feva in 2016 and the Lesotho Tourism Festival in 2017. It has become his signature track and fans never allow him to leave the stage without performing it while he has also been monikered ‘Mr Skipa’.

After the success of Skipa se Ntekane, Juvy has released tracks like Nthoe Rekang, Champions, Se ke ile and Sbongile among others but none has matched the success garnered by the former.

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