AFTER leaving the music game for farming, talented Tswana hip-hop artist Mo’ Molemi is back with a fresh album, A SIA.
Dubbed this year’s much-anticipated album, it hit the stores on October 10 and has gone on to receive massive airplay from national radio stations.
In an interview with the Free State Times this week, Molemi said A SIA was developed initially as a travel novel written as he travelled through Zimbabwe and Zambia, before he caught a ship on Lake Tanganyika for 800k to Burundi.
Then he backpacked to Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique before returning home to Mahikeng.
“It feels like three months since I’ve seen you . . . matter of fact, it feels like five years,” the emcee raps in his native Setswana language on the track Pelonomi which he says is dedicated to the love of his life.
Molemi said travelling in Africa had opened his eyes to a different world and had changed his perception of what life is and what’s important – or not.
“You learn to appreciate life and what you have when you experience how others in other parts of the continent despite their daily challenges relate and value the little at their disposal,” he said.
A SIA is packed with the classical lyrical flow that Molemi’s fans have come to know and love him for.
His Bloemfontein fans will get a chance to experience his magic this Sunday at Afro-Vibe.
“It’s always important for fans to be afforded a chance to listen to an album,” Molemi said.
“Whether positive or not, my fans’ views regarding my work is important and this is a process I don’t take for granted,” he added.
Fans at his live performance in Bloemfontein will be afforded the opportunity to interact with Molemi.
“I’m looking forward to the performance and I’m going to bring my A-game to the City of Roses,” he said.
Artists featuring on A SIA include Tumi of Tumi and The Volume, Tuks, Zeus, Lection, Blue Skye, Eazy Lap, Fifi Cooper, Kea Mmoki and Towdeemac.
Botswana hip-hop heavyweights Mosako, ATI, Orakle and EPIC Jujuboy as well as traditional artist Ntirelang Bearman are also featured on Molemi’s new album.