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Selimo Thabane from Lesotho enthral audiences
May 6, 2018, 12:55 pm

Embassy of the Kingdom of Leotho in partnership with the National Council for Culture Kuwait held a musical performance by the Selimo Thabane Jazz band at the Abdulreda Hussein theatre last week.

The band gave an extraordinary performance and the audience were thrilled with the music of a Lesotho band for the first time in Kuwait.

Lead vocalist and founder of the band Selimo Thabane spoke to The Times, Kuwait about his passion for music and how he fell in love with Afro-jazz in the early nineties that made him take up music as a career.

“I used to listen to an Afro-jazz band my uncle used to sponsor and I loved it so much that I took up singing as a career, my inspiration also came from Bob Marley,” he disclosed.

The genre of music that the Selimo Thabane play is Manga Jazz – which is a mix of Afro Jazz. Selimo Thabane became hugely popular after their album won 5 international awards and their song Khomo won the international song of the year 2017.

Hugely popular in the his home country Lesotho and also South Africa and Botswana, Selimo Thabane is now gaining international popularity as they will perform soon in London and Europe.

“Our songs are about people and tradition giving an identity and feeling of patriotism,” Thabane retorts when asked what the reason was for the popularity. The performance in Kuwait was yet another milestone for the band that seems to be going places as the audiences loved the fresh, vibrant melodious voice of the band.

- Staff Report

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