Morena Leraba: Blending Our Stories With Modern Sound
Morena Leraba is a 31-year-old Mosotho musician and shepherd from of Ha-Mojela in Mafeteng district, located south of Lesotho’s capital Maseru. Lebara’s music is deeply rooted in Lesotho’s traditional music, poetry, and it’s sub-genre, Famo, which was introduced as early as the 1920s when Basotho men were migrant workers in South African mines. However, the approach in the beat is significantly different as it hurls almost everything from Electro, Electronica, Afro-House, Folk, and Hip-Hop.
Leraba made his first appearance on the international scene in 2014 when he was featured in a song “Do You Know Know Lesotho” by a Cape Town/German band, The Freerangers. Carl McMillan, a filmmaker based in Lesotho was introduced to Leraba in the village of Ha-Nchela, in Berea district (where he’s still based as a shepherd) and spotted his talent then. During the same time, he introduced Leraba to the band (friends he studied with in Cape Town); hence, did collaboration on their song while visiting Lesotho.
From there, Leraba released his first single, Bojete (Produced by Fritz Holscher, Germany) that got the attention of Brooklyn-based producer, Kashaka; hence, followed another collaboration, “Lithebera” and was premiered by Okayafrica in New York. Through his music Morena wants to display the potency of Sesotho language and spirituality; hence, its practice as inspired by Basotho’s deep-rooted faith as a people. He wants to demonstrate an understanding of nature through the usage of herbs as healing devices, as well as the sense of social protection and security one gathers from communion.
Morena Leraba: Blending Our Stories with Modern Music is a documentary by Black Nation Music and Morena Leraba that explores and reflects on discussions on Lesotho’s socio-political landscapes, artistic cultures, economic endeavours and tradition.
Join us Saturday 29th October 2016; 1800hrs for the screening with a guest appearance by ManKind.