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Kenny Lattimore: Helping the World 'Find A Way'

SHARE   |   Sunday, 06 July 2014   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Kenny Lattimore: Helping the World 'Find A Way'

As the Botswana music stage grows, playing host to international musicians, BP Implements has announced that it would bring one of the greatest crooners of his time, Kenny Lattirmore, to Gaborone on the 26th July.  The show comes at an exciting time when Latimore will be launching his latest album, ‘Being One’ which will be released next month. The album also features a new much anticipated single called Built to Last. He is expected to sample some of the new songs at the show.

The New York Times may have said it best when it called Kenny Lattimore the "Modern Soul Man", and though it's been a decade since his last solo project not much has changed. The man who is known for sultry love songs that will stimulate your mind and give the guys something to recite to that special lady is back with new music and sharing all that he is with all of us. His single ‘Find a way’ delivers not only the melodic rhythms that you come to expect but a message of what it means to truly get to a woman and be who she wants her man to be.

The past couple of years he has literally been around the world and back again, meeting his fans, sharing his music and his talents on stage and showing us all what it means to live life on purpose. Getting this interview with Lattimore was not only an honor for me but something that I knew lovers of music would enjoy as well as individuals looking for an example of what is possible for them in relationships and in life. In this man we see an example of both.

Growing up in a musical family in Washington, D.C. area, Kenny Lattimore began singing early in life, winning junior-high talent shows and singing everything from R&B to classical, during his high school years. After studying architecture and city planning at Howard University, he became lead singer of the R&B group Maniquin, which released an album on the Epic label. After leaving that act, he concentrated on developing his songwriting skills, resulting in his compositions being recorded by Glenn Jones and Jon Lucien.

After moving to New York, Lattimore was awarded a solo recording deal with Columbia Records and released his self-titled 1996 debut. That album went Gold and spawned the hit single "Never Too Busy" and the perennial wedding song "For You," winning Lattimore a reputation as a dynamic and charismatic performer, with an image as a strong but sensitive romantic. The album's success earned Lattimore an NAACP Image Award as Best New Artist. 1998's From the Soul of Man documented the maturation of Lattimore's songwriting talent, and yielded the hits "Days Like This" and "If I Lose My Woman," as well as Lattimore's visionary reworking of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." He moved to Arista for 2001's Weekend, and in 2003 released Things That Lovers Do, a well-received album of duets with his wife and fellow R&B star Chante Moore. The couple released a second duets album, Uncovered/Covered, in 2006. [amazon.com and conversationsmag.blogspot.com]

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BP Implements Managing Director, Kgosietsile Mariri says “Botswana is a small market compared to other big countries like South Africa, Kenya or Zimbabwe, but there is a big appetite for American music in the country”.  Mariri says after realising that artists like Latimore cost a lot of money to bring to Botswana because of small population; he has decided to make it a corporate outing where corporate industry leaders in Botswana will interact and see the artist who graces local radio stations with his sweet R&B music.
“This is the first time that Kenny Latimore will come to Botswana and we want to make it memorable and hence we look forward to partnering with organsations that can help the country sell its story to the American audience,” says Mariri. “America is a big market for Botswana diamonds and tourism products hence we want Latimore to take the Botswana story with him”.