Fresh Les Releases Ntsha Nkgo

| April 20, 2015

Fresh Les also known as Phemelo Lesokwane is no stranger to the music scene, with over two decades of riveting sounds of his soothing robust voice, has released an album titled Ntsha Nkgo which comprises eight tracks.

The afro pop artiste has shared the stage with various artistes in the likes of Lister Boleseng, Puna Gabasiane, and international acts like South Africa’s very own HHP, and Johnny Mokhali.

The lad who hails from Otse village in the South East District, had humble beginnings in music and would often play as a Dj in a band that his uncle was playing for.

Then, in 1993 he joined Maranyane Band, later he merged with Soul Buffaloes as a drummer, and still because of the love of music the artist e joined the Botswana Defence Force Band as a drum player, vocalist, sound engineer and piano tuner.

Fresh Les is a jazz sensation fused with afro pop, and has ample years of experience.

In addition, all songs in his album were written, composed and arranged by Phemelo Lesokwane except Tebogo ke mang, under the license of Kori Moraba and Jimmy Mojapelo.

The album is a mixture of modern day jazzy vibes and also, reminiscing some Setswana old folk songs that comprise track number three Ke a lema.

Also, it includes a bonus track, track number eight titled Matshidiso which features Lister Boleseng and Andrew Chinganga performed the Saxophone on the bonus track.

Same Seeithamo is on the backing vocals, keyboards and synth was Tumelo (Skonkovia) Mafoko.

Further, Fresh Les mentioned that as the pioneer of Jazzbrew Pub and Cafe in Mochudi and Ramotswa, he wanted his love for music to be reflected everywhere.

“At Jazzbrew since 2010, we strictly play jazz music all the time that is how I fell in love with the genre and in 2013, I formed a group called Rhythm Mates Band and ultimately released this album,” he said.

He noted that he decided to release the album after the realisation that jazz is becoming more mature and appreciated both locally and internationally.

The album also has a touch of classical ballads to it and most songs serenaded through the spoken word of Setswana.

Fresh Les is also a softie at heart as he has embarked on numerous charitable shows in Ghanzi and Maun to try help the needy and orphans.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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