Botswana’s international export Lorraine Lionheart has started 2017 on a high note with her song My Melons becoming a hit among Batswana and the international community. She is working so hard at the moment as she gears towards the release of her album titled ‘I am a Queen’. She exclusively revealed to this publication that she will be coming to Botswana to perform at the Gaborone International Music Festival (GIMC) and is very excited about it. “I owe a lot to my Botswana fans and I believe this performance is the least I can do to show my gratitude for their support. I am also very grateful to the organisers for giving me the platform to showcase my art at home and be a part of our growing industry,” she said. Her trending song My Melons is a song about an appreciation of beauty – alluding to how beautifully shaped and curvaceous she is.
She revealed that the song is not officially released yet, but she just decided to give her fans access to download it for free to ensure that they buy the album. Even though her fans have been giving it thumbs up and enjoying it on social media, Lionheart still have to take the song to several radio stations. On what the song mean, she said it is open to individual interpretation. “I feel part of creative growth for me as an artist is to become less lyrically predictable in some songs,” she said. Lionheart said she gets bored easily even with something that she is very passionate about like song writing. This has led her into finding ways to make her writing excite her too.
Lionheart said My Melons is an experimental song. She said as a musician she has grown to understand that when she presents a song, she is not presenting a product but rather a process. “Art is never meant to be perfect and a piece of art will always mean different things to different people,” she said. She revealed she has also recently done amazing collaborations, one with a Zambian artist known as Mumba Yachi and a Zimbabwean reggae artist known as Luttan King. “I also have a new song I wrote in Lingala which is a Congolese language and those are just some of the exciting songs that are coming up,” she said. She has been running a competition on who she will feature on the video and has vowed to go to the winners wherever they are in any part of the world to feature them.