Thebe “Lenyora” on Good Friday’s #BlomBlom
7 September 2018 MUSIC
Good Friday on Kaya
Thebe “Lenyora” graced the Kaya FM studios on Good Friday with Skhumba and Ndumiso for #BlomBlom on his birthday. A lot of conversations that happen off the microphones while music is playing, tend to set the tone for the sit-down.
One particular conversation was about Thebe living in Hillbrow at Park Mansions on Van der Merwe Street just 150 meters from the Hillbrow Police station. This was both at the dawn of democracy and Kwaito music. Arthur Mafokate, Lebo Mathosa, and Arthur Zwane among others also lived in the neighborhood – they called it Chicago because of the talent and lifestyle there.
Fast forward to 2 and a half decades, Thebe is a father and businessman. He admits that some of his songs early in his career were too suggestive “We were young and stupid and having fun” he reminisced.
Lenyora was the second artist to be signed under record stable, Kalawa Jazzmee after the Boom Shaka. He says Kalawa is a brotherhood because they grew up together; they guide each other. His kids, Oskido’s as well as Bruce’s kids are friends.
“’I’ve never been a celebrity and that has helped me stay grounded.” Thebe studied sound engineer and later turned into a club DJ. His first hit was Philly which he composed for Bruce’s tavern-owner cousin, who asked them for a song, especially for his establishment. That song was put in his t album which would go on to reach Gold Status.
Would you think such a Kwaito legend listens to Kwaito all the time right? Wrong, if you catch him driving you will hear him singing to Anita Baker & Whitney Houston because that’s what’s currently playing in his car. “I hardly listen to Kwaito. You can’t find yourself listening to Kwaito at 2 pm on a Tuesday… I listen to acid jazz, neo-soul. And I sing along”
Thebe Lenyora ended what was a humorous interview by saying he wants to be remembered for making people happy. And if his fans are to go by, so far so good!!
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