Bornsome40something years ago to a Saxophonist and Trumpeter father Mmaphala Lesatle was always going to have music attached to her life. Her name comes from the Setswana words 'Mma' meaning Mother, and 'Phala' which literally means any music instrument you blow wind into, to make a sound. She is the 'Mother to musical instruments' and embodies music in her veins. Not one to let her upbringing in music go unnoticed, she has recorded a 15track debut album entitled 'Sphere', which will be launched at Mantlwaneng Theatre, Westwood on Thursday May 30, 2019.
Mmaphala's album, Sphere falls into a genre called Setswana Soul .It was carefully crafted with Setswana elements with a contemporary style which speaks to Jazz, Soul and Afrosounds. Hit songs to look out for include an emotional track titled 'Papa' as well as the nicely jazz infused 'HaeNa'.
The bubbly songstress quipped that when listening to each ballad, one is taken on a journey that is reminiscent of love experienced in all forms, from the love of a father, mother, a lover and for country.
For Mmaphala the album’s title is so close and dear to her hear t. Giving a detailed elaboration of the meaning of Sphere, Mmaphala highlighted: “That inner-place, inner-space, inner voice; hat inner guide where we find the answers to the questions that we need or at least where we find the guidance towards the answers. I feel that’s where God talks to us; i t’s an inner space that i s magical, mystical and spiritual. It’s a calm inner space that informs the bigger decisions of our lives where God talks to us”.
Recorded at XLT Studios and produced by her brother Thabo 'Grandpa' Lesatle, the al bum is available for purchase at Botswana Craft, Mmamontl e and Urban Soul Stores. Tickets for the album launch are already on sale.