Royal Tenors grow

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 21 February 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Royal Tenors grow

Royal Tenors have become a hit within the corporate sector with them headlining most of the events. Their classical songs appear to be a draw-card for the executives. The group is made up of Malebogo Setuke and Oteng Zachariah. Setuke said that he started his music by singing in church. He then went on to sing for choirs like KTM Choir before they decided to launch Royal Tenors. The group was started in 2010 with the local pop sensation Lezibo. Even Zachariah revealed that he also started in church. He realised in the early 2000s that he could sing and met someone who introduced him to classical music. This then led to him meeting his fellow mates and it got interesting for them even though they lost Lezibo on the way. “Royal Tenors did not die and it will not die; that is why we continued with just the two of us,” he said. Zacharia said they do their music part time because they have realised that only a few Batswana are fascinated with classical music. They have however enjoyed performing in weddings, corporate events and even funerals. He said they are hopeful that Batswana will one day understand the music and appreciate it well, because sometimes when they perform they can see that people just want them to finish. “I think Batswana really need a lot of convincing; there are those who understand this music but some do not at all,” he said. The duo revealed that they did not go for any training to sing what they do. On why they have not produced an album since they have been doing this for many years, Royal Tenors revealed that they have been disinclined because they don’t see Batswana welcoming the music. They will also love to have composers writing Setswana songs for them so that they can also move away from the Latin, Italian and other languages that they usually use in their songs. They said they have always idolised a group called Il Divo who inspire their singing. The duo said that they are very enthusiastic about the music because they know that they have the talent. “The music on its own is more corporate and it is more organised so we have to look the part,” Setuke said.



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