GIFTED South African Afro-soul singer, songwriter and producer, Max-Hoba, has promised to bring the house down when he performs at Morija Museum’s amphitheatre on 7 March.
The multi-talented artiste, born Maxhoba Maponya, was bred in Welkom in South Africa’s Free State province but has since relocated to Johannesburg. He was once a member of the Hip Hop Movement, Motswako alongside the likes of HHP, but later on took a solo route releasing his debut offering Making History.
Speaking to the Weekender from his base in Johannesburg, Max-Hoba said his visit to Lesotho will be part of his sophomore album tour.
“I will be in Lesotho for the first time to promote my second self-produced studio album, Travelling Man, which consists of 13 beautiful tracks sung in three languages – Xhosa, English and Sesotho,” Max-Hoba said.
“I have always wanted to visit Lesotho and perform there since I can speak the language. So I see this as a great opportunity to familiarise myself with the country, and people should expect nothing but great African music.”
In the album, Maxhoba reflects on the influences from his past with collaborations with a number of artistes. Various musical genres are employed to put across spiritual messages in Travelling Man which is an album rich in exploration.
The mood is set right from word go with the first track Kwabonakala, a traditional Xhosa hymn followed by Grateful, which was released as the first single to the album that dominated the charts.
“The first single titled Grateful reached the number one spot on such radio stations as Kaya, Gagasi and Power FM and also gave me the opportunity to have a special performance on Metro FM with Paul Mtirara,” he said.
Other outstanding tracks include the smooth a capella track Find a Way, and Molao in which he features Kwazulu-Natal-born rapper Zulu Boy and the 90s popular hit Nomnganga.