MASERU — Local kwaito artiste, Thabo “Mthibo” Rakhomo, says his latest single which was released two weeks ago has gotten off to a flying start.
The single, Don’t Touch, features South Africa’s pop star, Speedy, and Lesotho’s “Queen of the Airwaves”, Palycetra.
Mthibo said the single was released on October 21 in South Africa and was immediately distributed to radio stations in that country.
It was then released in Lesotho and Botswana three days later, he said.
“I must say the feedback from all the three countries has been breathtaking. I am very satisfied with how the public is responding,” Mthibo told the Weekender this week.
He said the new single was taken off his third album, Jump and Reverse, which will be out early next year.
“I am not yet sure when I am going to release the album because I am currently focused on pushing all singles to familiarise them with the public before the release of the full-length album,” Mthibo said.
He said the single, Don’t Touch, had opened doors for him.
“I am planning to release another single in December which will also feature more South African big names. The names will only be revealed once contracts are sealed,” he said.
He said he was planning to deepen his working relationship with Speedy by working on other projects including music videos.
“Speedy will feature in Don’t Touch’s music video and a few other projects. I will also appear on some of his music videos and songs,” he said.
“It is a blessing to work with such a talented artiste who has so much experience. Being the first artiste to do this in Lesotho, I feel I have set standards in the local industry.”
Mthibo said he chose to work with Speedy after his fruitful collaboration with Durban-based artiste, Professor, on the hit track Lento.
“I approached Speedy because of his ability to fit in every music genre. This ability was well demonstrated when he collaborated with Professor on Lento which is a hit in many African countries in Africa.”
“I have worked with the likes of Skebza D, Dunamis, Rumo la Kuebe, Cozyboy, MIC-Checker, Sneezo, Hirachy, Palycetra and Speedy on all the songs that are complete.
“This album is very colourful because it features artistes from different genres.
“It is meant to set a mark while creating an opportunity for aspiring talented artistes in the country,” Mthibo said.
He added that he had also set his eyes on working with Africa’s best.
“I have learnt that nothing is impossible. This is the reason why my next move will see me collaborate with big names in the African music industry.
“I want to collaborate with musicians from different genres and of course maintaining the relationships I have established with South African guys.
“I am expanding my music so I can be able to fit in everywhere and be versatile while maintaining my kwaito style,” Mthibo said.
Mthibo scooped the best kwaito album award during the 2008 Lesotho Haeso Music Awards.
His first two albums, Number One and Tsokotsa also did very well on the market.