Kgomotso Le Roux & Neno to Release Albums in Two Day Exclusive Song Premiere
South Africa will experience original indigenous African music compositions by two women from two generations, influenced by jazz, soul and Tshivenda rhythms from Kgomotso le Roux and her mentor Rosy Morero Bulane aka Neno, whose sound is a fusion of mbaqanga, gospel and Sesotho traditional music. In addition to live performances, audiences will also see the première of the Khwela Factory clothing range.
Kgomotso, whose music draws heavily from Tshivenda traditional rhythms, writes in isiZulu, Sesotho, French, English and Shona. Her debut album ‘UNOYIWAWA”, is titled after a mythical African super hero, the “Strong one who does not fall, protects communities from natural disasters and is the daughter of Nomkhubulwane, the African goddess of rain, nature and fertility. ” Nomkhubulwane is strongly related to the origins of human kind from an African mythological perspective.
The record comes after 14 years of Kgomotso’s work in various capacities in the music industry having been writing since the age of 9, started her sessions as a backing vocalist in 2003 and has gone on to work with an array of artists such as Mpumi Dlamini, RJ Benjamin, Ifani, Letoya Makhene, Blondie Makhene, Tlale Makhene, Yonela Mnana, Theo Nhlengethwa and Tresor. Her love for composition has seen her produce original music for children TV programs ‘Takalani Sesame’, ‘LEGO’ and recently featured as a performer at Dr. Sello Gallane’s Pula Festival at the State Theatre in Pretoria, September 2017.
NENO, who is 78 years, will also launch her album ‘Ha Mojela’ with the support of the Khwela Factory and Kgomotso, thus beginning the journey of having her compositions performed. Dressed by clothing from the Khwela Factory range, the musical duo will be backed by an amazing band that features Nhlanhla Neville Radebe (double bass), Yonela Mnana (keys), Mabeleng Moholo (percussions), Kgomotso (mbira/vocals), Vumile Mchunu and Musa Nkosi (vocals).
Kgomotso and Neno’s relationship dates back to Le Roux’s time as an academic researcher at WITS University where she got exposed to Neno’s music during her ethnomusicology studies in 2006. Neno who had an erratic recording and performing schedule had enjoyed a successful career in the 70s having signed to Gallo Records and later left the music industry to pursue a career in acting.
“If it wasn’t for Neno and Mme Seipati Bulane Hopa, I would have never given our music a chance and I am looking forward to the launch of our albums” says ecstatic Kgomotso Le Roux.
Kgomotso’s journey till this point has been hard as a young black woman artist and entrepreneur.
Tickets to the launch cost R100 and R20 for kids under 16. Both albums ‘‘Unoyiwawa” and “Ha Mojela” will be available for sale at the launch for R150 each and performances will start at 15:00 to end at 18:00 on both days. Networking opportunities will be available before the start of both shows.
The launches will take place at The Motlalepula Chabaku Foundation (Est. 1912) in Soweto on 02 December 2017 and at Glory in Melville, Johannesburg on 03 December 2017.
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Notes to Editor
The Khwela Factory is a clothing and textile manufacturing company specializing in project management, manufacturing of uniforms and custom-made clothing.
Kgomotso le Roux
Kgomotso has 10 years experience in the South African business of the arts and culture landscape.
Her entrance into the promotion of the arts goes back to when she was a brand promoter for Meta4 Marketing and Advertising. After graduating from Witwatersrand University with an Ethnomusicology Bmus degree, her research in Venda inspired her to embrace an understanding of African arts from an interdependent point of view. Her honours degree covered courses including Arts Marketing and Business Studies, Professional Music Studies, Digital Music Technology (studio sound engineering) and Composition. When she was not working or studying, she sang and wrote songs for Mpumi Dhlamini (Sony BMG with her song titled “Bana” topping the charts for 3 weeks), Sibongile Khumalo, Themba Mkhize, Lawrence Matshiza and Vusi Khumalo.
Her passion for the promotion of South African arts surpasses that of performing and Kgomotso really believes that her purpose is to be the best agent and creator of work for South African arts consultants and performing artists.
Neno – Rosy Morero Bulane
In a spirited tune, Rosy Morero Bulane- better known as Neno – blows musical wisdom onto her instruments and compositions inciting an emotive response from audiences local and abroad. She is a South African national treasure and one of a few remaining artists of her generation keeping the torch burning for traditional South African music.