21 Nov 2017
Fast rising Encore on the way to Meropa
Fast rising music trio, Encore, ventures to Polokwane this month to perform songs from their debut album at Meropa. The “Ke Fela Pelo” and “I Got You” hit makers perform for one night at 21h00 only on 25 November 2017. Early bird tickets are R80 at Meropa’s Cash Desk. Entry is R100 on the day of the show.
The members, Keabetwe Kototsi, Kabelo Thomane and Peter Letsaolo, each have their own music taste and style, which combined make for an enchanting blend of Setswana and SeSotho songs that have hit the spot with music lovers.
Their first hit single, “Ke Fela Pelo”, caught South Africa’s attention and that of business man and music extraordinaire, Modise Kgomo who owns On Point Records. Modise could not ignore what he heard when they performed at the home of Tshwane Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa during a golf day reception in February 2016. He was so impressed that he almost signed them up on the spot, saying he was “taken by their originality, genuineness, easy going approach to music and singing in their mother tongue.”
He took them under his wing which later saw the release of their debut self-titled album, Encore. The album is the product of collaboration by some of the biggest names in South Africa’s music history including Mdu Mtshali, Mondli Ngcobo, Theo Kgonsinkwe and Godfrey “Guffy” Pilane. The album also features the legendary Tshepo Tshola and Theo Kgonsinkwe of Mafikizolo fame. With their melodic voices and captivating Setswana and Sesotho lyrics, Encore is set to become of the top acts in the country.
“Ke Fela Pelo”, which exceeded all of their expectations, is still pushing hard and carrying them deeper into the hearts of their fans as well as those who are yet to discover the group. It has been selected as one of the songs on the upcoming SABC 1’s Uzalo (telenovela) Compilation album. Their latest single, “I Got You”, is a grand follow up to their spectacular entry into the commercial music scene.
They have been the opening act for multi-award winning music power house, Mafikizolo, on their tour, and they have graced the stages at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, the Capital Arts Festival, and the African Jazz Night festival, among others. Their chart topping music has already found a home as it is played on high rotation on some of Mzansi’s top radio stations including Metro FM, Kaya FM, SA FM and Gagasi FM.
“We took a risk singing in Setswana but after seeing the positive reaction we have gained confidence and have no doubt that we are on the right path,” said Kabelo.
Keabetswe adds; “We never thought we would see people cry over our music, but we have seen it. People have asked us to perform ‘Ke Fela Pelo’ for up to four times.”