Weheartbeat presents Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party: Our five questions with Morena Leraba
For this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party hosted by Weheartbeat and the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, we’re doing something really interesting for all our beat heads and electronic music fans. There are five international acts at this year’s Bloc Party and to give you some more insights on these artists, we sent them five questions to find out more about them, their plans and their thoughts on the Bloc Party.
We started with Morena Leraba, who is a Lesotho-born musician fusing traditional Sotho music with more modern, eclectic and electronic music to create a truly unique sound. He doesn’t only mesh sounds, he also meshes cultures which allows him to facilitate a global cultural exchange by using art and technology as his main tools. Check the interview out below.
Describe your artistry and what you do in 5 words.
I’m a performing artist/musician from Lesotho.
What is the one thing, lesson or experience do you want people to get from your music?
I fuse Sesotho traditional music/vocals with modern electronic sounds and audiences will have an opportunity to see how both worlds can borrow from each other.
You are performing at this years Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, what can we expect from your performance?
Other-worldly. Something spiritual. True, we’re a new band but we wanna time-travel with the audience, exhibiting how traditional African sounds are still relevant in a modern world.
What are you looking forward to see, experience and learn in South Africa?
We’re going to meet other artists/acts from elsewhere and South Africa, especially Johannesburg. Johannesburg is such a unique and special place where other cultures and tastes are appreciated. We’re bringing a new sound and we want to see how audiences react, also bearing in mind that Sesotho and Sepedi are widely spoken in Johannesburg.
Where can people follow and connect with you online?
I’m on Facebook as Morena Leraba, Twitter as @MorenaLeraba and Instagram as @morenaleraba. You can follow me on SoundCloud as Morena Leraba. We’re launching a website soon.