Ernest Molaodi – a guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist – has moved from the shadows of others to launch his first jazz album titled Boela Gae. Having worked as a supporting artist for Mathews Matsetse, Keba Phiri, Kabelo Eric, Kweneng Jazz band, Kgotla and Pastor Sam playing the guitar, keyboard or managing them he has chosen to take charge of his own fate. In his new album Boela Gae, he has Lister Boleseng on the saxophone and the flute, Lyod Simfuke and Gomotsegang ‘Gee’ Mando on the lead guitar, Phillip Maite on the piano, Simfuke and Maite on the bass guitar. It is produced by Maite but engineered by Kabo Koosimile. “Around 2015 I started my first song which is the title track of the album, and despite that my interest still lies in playing instruments,” he said, insisting that music is his passion. Molaodi believes he is bringing a new sound to the local music which will make him stand out. He believes he has what it takes to make it on the international stage.
The title song Boela Gae is an emotional song through which Molaodi targets people in marriage and relationships which are dysfunctional. “It is a word to reach out to those people who abandon their kids and spouses, telling them about the kids and their daily needs, inspiring them to get back to their first love,” he said. His other song Maikano talks about the commitment that couples should have towards each other and in this song he features Boikanyo BW. The other song in the album is titled ‘Lerato Le’ – written by Kgotla of the Matshidiso hit song – alludes to relationships and why they should not allow third parties to come into the relationship. Molaodi’s album is all about love, which can even be seen in the colours that he used on the sleeves. “The album is just a celebration of love in different aspects,” he said. He made the album in such a way that it caters to everyone be it young people, the mature crowd and just about anyone who wants to enjoy relaxed and soothing jazz music.