Just when everybody was writing elegies to the inaudible demise of Afro pop music, self-acclaimed king of rhumba, Frank Lesokwane, popularly known by his stage sobriquet Franco is set to launch an aspiring artiste Tshepo G.
Tshepo Gaesenkwe who prefers to be called by her stage name Tshepo G is not new to the music scene.
The energetic 29-year-old Tshepo from Sefhare in Tswapong burst into the showbiz industry through the now defunct afro pop group Mantobazana, but due to lack of funding and proper guidance the group did not succeed.
Inspired by the likes of the once popular local afro pop groups such as Unik Attractions, Dvyne and Ashely Gops amongst others, Tshepo did not give up her ambitions of recording a pop album.
Her meeting with Lesokwane resulted in a long lasting partnership that produced a star she is today.
Moving away from the fast paced beats of her usual kwasa kwasa dance moves, Lesokwane helped Tshepo arrange and record an undoubtedly hot and soul soothing album that will have a lot of Batswana eating from the palms of her hands.
Lesokwane has a good record of unearthing raw gems and has in the past been credited for the success of local groups such as Extra melody, Rockas, Ti-4ng, Hot Spark and Animals.
After being snapped up by Franco the syrupy voiced Tshepo started off as a dancer but then tried her luck as a backup singer and succeeded in leading two of Franco’s popular hits Bo gopane and Solomone.
Tshepo admits that just like any other ambitious young artiste she started on a rough patch, but she is hopeful that with the expertise of Lesokwane she should not give up.
The other positive factor for Tshepo is the re-introduction of the once popular Evans Modubule known in local music circles as Mr Tagg.
He features in one of the songs Re neilwe mpho. By the time he left for South Africa due to other pressing needs a few years ago, Mr Tagg had established himself as Afro-pop’s best producer having turned artists such as Dvyne, Unik Attractions and Thuli into instant hits.
The six track album includes amongst others the title track Magatwe, Sedimonthole and Boela gae moratiwa.