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RMBO features Morena Leraba on a new song ‘Mosabalaso’

Lesotho’s Morena Leraba – whose voice can be easily listed among Africa’s most distinctive ones – is back with yet another collaboration. Last heard on the magnificent Lua Preta’s single Quero Mais in January, this time he teamed up with RMBO, the solo outfit of Tshepang Ramoba who was one of the founding members of BLK JKS, the South African rock band. And having said that, rock is still one of the genres we haven’t heard Leraba vocals in but his agility and versatility may actually take him there one day.

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In Mozabalazo, though, Morena had to fit his verses into a pleasant kwaito-driven beat that is the basis of this debut single from RMBO who’s also preparing a new EP right now. Once again his voice added another dimension to the song itself and you should definitely pay attention to the second half of the track when Leraba bursts into his most characteristic timbre. Listen below and watch out for more from both of these guys!

 

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IMPEPHO | Trap Funk & Alivio featuring Morena Leraba & Mankind

When I was told few weeks ago that Lesotho’s Morena Leraba was working on a new track with producers from Brazil, I didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously intercontinental collaboration is how I got to know him when he created a track with Kashaka last year (and I also happened to call the initial bits of that very song one of the best moments in tropical music in 2016 which you can read about here) but South American rhythms mixed with his strong vocals performed in Sesotho would be something completely different. And then there was also his Bophelo Ba Ntsupe which had its world premiere in my Basy Tropikalne radio show in August – this track, in turn, is more delicate and sees Leraba actually singing rather than rapping.

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Impepho – a single that’s being released tomorrow via Subterrâneo Records – proves to exhibit yet another side of Morena Leraba but first things first: the track is in fact not only the aforementioned collaboration between two continents (with Brazil being represented by Nordeste de Amaralina’s Trap Funk & Alivio) but also brings together two African nations as Lesotho is joined by South Africa personified by Johannesburg-based rapper Mankind. Early seconds of Impepho are already surprising with the song beginning sounding as though it’s been taken out of some lost NAAFI’s mixtape. Then Leraba’s powerful voice comes in and similarly to last year’s Lithebera it’s a huge moment. The music remains quite dark and gloomy throughout the whole track which in this sense is a new experience for me with this Mosotho artist. By no means it’s a disadvantage though as both Morena’s and Mankind’s verses fit those beats perfectly with their firm and at times aggressive manner of rapping.

Good job done on so many levels.

Top 100 tracks of 2015

End-year list with the best tracks is a must so here we go. To my surprise, there are twenty-two compositions that are longer than six minutes and one that is shorter than two minutes. There is also one remix. One artist appears three times (like Orbital in 2012) but his album as a whole was actually somehow disappointing. There is also one musician who is featured for the fourth year in a row (and it is a woman). You can check out the previous charts by clicking ‘the best of osom’ above.

Enjoy and have a happy 2016.

Autrenoir – Nuit

Remember Mondkopf? This master of monumental and dark techno is back after last year’s album Hadès but he is not alone now – for a new project called Autrenoir he has joined forces with a fellow Frenchman Greg Buffier. This is not the first time these two cooperate as Mondkopf has already released a collaborative track Last Love which was recorded back in 2012 together with Saåad, a drone duo in which Buffier plays guitar.

Although Autrenoir have even played some gigs in the past, Nuit is their first ever officially published song. It is a deep and brain stimulating composition with majestic atmosphere that accumulates slowly towards the end of the track and eventually turns into a disturbing drone structure. To immerse fully into this dark world of instrumental electronic music, you should listen to Nuit while watching the fantastic accompanying video that has been made by As Human Pattern.

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Daze – Neuromance

You simply cannot go wrong with the music from Lobster Theremin’s catalogue. This London based label absolutely nailed it last year with a magnitude of fantastic techno stuff and it turns out that they are still pushing it forward in 2015. Their newest release is a title track Neuromance which is taken from the upcoming three-track EP by an Australian producer Daze who has already published some of his work via Lobster Theremin last summer. His fresh composition is a monumental over nine minutes long tune with pulsing bass and a dreamy melody in the background. We will have to wait till March to hear the rest of the EP but you can pre-order the vinyl right now.

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