MASERU – Sesotho praise poet ’Rumo la Koebe has released a song intended to ease people’s minds in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic to encourage people and assure them it’s not just doom and gloom. The single titled, ‘Bua’, is the artiste’s latest offering, which he says was inspired by the societal impact of the dreaded pandemic that the world is currently in grapples with.
“I visualise the pandemic as a depression trigger that needs music to soothe, something that takes people’s minds away from the reality at hand – to forget this calamity and just dance…hence the song is titled ‘Bua’(ha u batla monate),” he says. Born Gerard Matolo in Berea but raised in Maseru, praise poet ’Rumo la Koebe has been in the entertainment industry since 2009.
“I basically started creating music as an underground artiste back in 2005, while I became officially known as ’Rumo la Koebe in 2009 when I got discovered by Bam Media,” he adds. He released his first single ‘Li ea ha Mahlatsi’ in 2010, dropping a second single ‘Ke Nako’ in 2012, a period he began an independent solo career and lending gigs in South Africa.
During his illustrious career he has graced the stage at the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe), the Free State Heritage Festival and the Free State Fashion week, among many others. In the process he had a chance to share the stage with the likes of Zola 7, Prince Kay bee, Dj Finzo, K.O, Ma-E, Ricky-Rick, Nomuzi Mabena, iFani and many other big names in the South African music industry.