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Mosotho Chakela laid to rest

RETHABILE MOHONO

Maseru- Famo musician and leader of the Terene music group, Rethabile Shadrack Mokete, popularly known as Mosotho Chakela was laid to rest today in Phase3, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

The renowned famo musician died last week after he and three other members of Terene fell ill, showing signs of COVID-19 while travelling.

Two were discharged, one is still in hospital while Chakela could not make it.

Chakela was born in 1963 in Matelile, Mafeteng. He rose to prominence with his first album named Manka le Phallang, which was released in 1999 by the Shear Record Company and sold enough copies to achieve platinum status.

T Prominent hits from the album include the likes of “O ka nketsang”, “Ha ke noa joala” and “Mosali”.

The late artiste came under the spotlight again the following year with another hit album called Manka le phallang no.2. Thereafter, he consistently released hit after hit.

In 2006 Chakela was awarded a South African Traditional Music Award for best musician in the Famo music category.

Apart from his singing talent, Chakela was a successful businessman in Lesotho and South Africa. Among others, he owned a total of 13 liquor stores, seven of which are located in Maseru, three in Leribe while the remaining three are in Chakela’s home town of Mafeteng.

He used his prominence as a musician to make strong political points. In his second album, he sang about Lesotho political leaders, which made him an eye opener to many.

 

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