From war songs to songs of peace

From war songs to songs of peace

MASERU – A famo musician based in South Africa says he has come up with a new approach

to change the Basotho traditional music from war songs to songs of peace.
Mr Lejone Motloung, the leader of a ‘famo’ group based at Bohlokong in Bethlehem, South Africa, said the group has 32 members who are Basotho living in South Africa.
“We now aim towards a music that will contribute in fight against killings. Our music is now a combination of famo, gospel and Basotho traditional songs. This is meant to tap into the emotions of the audience in a unique way,” he said.
According to Motloung, the new approach is not only meant to uplift the spirit of Basotho living in South Africa, but also to bring a new approach to the music that will be aimed at promotion of peace amongst Basotho across the globe.
He appealed to all Basotho to have fresh start and approach issues in a way that will contribute to their development and not in a negative way.
This new approach has been applauded by the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli who said all measures that are meant to eradicate the killings are welcome.
According to Superintendent Mopeli, “it is these new thinking and approaches, strategies and tactics that can contribute towards a positive change. I call upon everybody who is in this industry to take the lead in reversing the torment that has seen many losing their family members.”
Government authorities in Lesotho have for years been battling with many killings associated with famo music to no avail.
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