LOCAL musician Preezy (born Peter Moruthoane), says as much as cultural diversity is important, local artistes must embrace their culture for the sake of originality.
The 24-year-old recently told the Weekender that music plays a critical role in impacting on people’s lifestyles hence he is using his music to restore culture while transforming his RnB into a modernised famo music sound which he calls Matšekha.
The singer, who started his musical journey in 2015 specialising in RnB, says he is so determined to follow his new path that he will now rebrand and call himself ‘Taoana ea Matšekheng’.
He attributes his shift to “deep self-introspection” about his music and his identity.
“During my RnB times, I secretly listened to famo music but did not want my peers to know about it because I was the local impersonator of Chris Brown and couldn’t be seen listening to RnB,” Taoana ea Matšekheng said.
He said he later realised that Nigerian musicians were thriving in the music industry because they embraced their culture and the only way to make it in this industry was originality in the creativity.
“I then decided to come up with a few songs of this new genre to see their reception so, I released a song in February 2019 titled Manganga which my fans were delighted about,” he said.
The artiste released another song in early this month titled Bapolotiki ba Lesotho and he says these two singles will be included on his upcoming album Sello sa Monna Ke botebo ba leoatle, which he plans to release in August 2019.
“With the new tracks, I have realised that my decision to try something new was not a bad idea because people loved the two songs,” he said
He said the new project, his first in the Matšekha, will be a double album with 32 tracks.
“Most of the songs on the album will be inspired by many famo artistes whom I listen to such as Apolo Ndabanyane, Tau ea Matse’ekha and many others who make good famo music,” Taoana ea Matšekheng said.