MASERU — Local famo musician Morusu on Friday scooped the Best Sotho Album award at the 17th annual South African Music Awards in Johannesburg.
With his album Morusu Vol. 2, he succeeded contenders Tsepo Maiela, Motseki and Ea Ha Mokopela Nyamatsana.
The four are signed under Lekhotla la Marumo, a traditional production segment under the Kingdom of Lesotho Production (KOL) company.
The company is owned by Basotho based in South Africa.
“I am lost for words. This victory came as a surprise to me,” Morusu, whose real name is Khethang Hlalele said.
“I entered the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) last year with the same album and I lost so I was really not expecting to win.”
For his efforts the Quthing-born artiste walked away with R6 500 and an accolade.
“This money will help me develop as an artist,” he said.
Morusu said his vast experience in the music industry helped him secure the win.
The talented Morusu joined the famo music industry in 2008 and a year later he scooped an award at the South African Traditional Music Awards.
He has two awards, SATMA 2009 and Sama 2011 and six albums; Quthing ho ea seaka no. 1, 2 and 3, Morusu, Morusu Vol.2 and Morusu Special under his belt.
His Sama winning album Marusu Vol.2 features hits like Mafura thekeng and Mopheha Khang ke mang.
The famo star said he will also be contesting at the 2011 SATMA with his latest offering, Morusu Special which features Phoka.
“I am very proud of my production company for having faith and believing in our dream and talent. Because of them we are making waves in South Africa representing Lesotho,” Morusu said.
“We are working hard to represent famo as Lesotho’s representative genre and with the accolades, what more can we say.”
He urged all famo artistes to work hard and aim high.
On behalf of KOL, the managing director Molefi Mabote told the Weekender the victory means the company is growing.
“This is joy to the company.
“With two awards from different competitions, Morusu is now a complete artiste,” Mabote said.
He said they were happy for dominating the Best Sotho Album category.
“Just the nominations alone were an achievement to the company and individuals. The victory is a bonus.
“For those that didn’t make it, I told them that their names will never be forgotten because they were listed among the best,” Mabote said.