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Selimo preparing new album

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Nthatuoa Koeshe

KHOMO hit-maker, Selimo Thabane, says he is already in the studio working new music which he will start releasing late February ahead of the album which will drop in April this year.

The singer said his fans can anticipate to jam to tracks such as Felleng, Mathabo and Mamaraka which will be released as promotional tracks prior to the yet to be named 14-track album.

The album will have features artistes such as Leomile, Mookho, komanda Obbs, Budaza Mapefane, Mantsa among others who are yet to be confirmed.

Selimo told the Weekender that Felleng is a song about a beautiful girl who is hated by protective women from her village who fear that she may snatch their daughters’ husbands so they bewitch her and she is struck by lightning. As a result, she can only walk around in the evening when everyone has retired to bed.

He said most of the songs will be in Sesotho although there are a few tracks which will be in English.

“On this album, I have tracks such Paradise which are written in English but majority of the songs are in English,” Selimo said.

Selimo further told the paper that the release will be a double disk with being the fresh album while the other will be a compilation of some of his old remixed tracks.

He said he was still unsure what to name the album although he is considering names like Exodus, Felleng or Lehoatateng.

“I thought of ‘exodus’ because this follows my last album which was titled The Genesis in relation to this genre am doing so, I feel like the journey is continuing hence the name,” he said adding that for Felleng he was still skeptical.

Selimo said although he was mainly focusing of the manga-jazz genre, the album will also feature some groove songs such as When we were kids.

Asked if he was expecting the same rapturous reception as his last album, Selimo said: “Yes, I write all my songs and if ones can write a good piece, then there is more from where that came from”.

“I went an extra mile and listened to music which influenced me and I even went into the mountains of Lesotho and attended a number of initiation ceremonies so as to get more content,” he said.

He said he waited two years before working on another album because he wanted to test how long his music was going to last in people’s ears and he is happy that “it lasted long enough”.

He added that another reason was that Lesotho does not have proper sales and a lot of people still do not have his music so he wanted to ensure that it has spread as much as possible.

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