Battle of the Bands

Morena Leraba 

December 31, 2019
Morena Leraba is a shepherd turned musician from the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Meshing Sotho traditions with global musical in:luences, Leraba’s Famo style singing, rapping and poetry fuses with a multitude of genres rooted in electronic dance, dub and hip-hop, to create a truly unique sound.

The act has already piqued the interest of the European market with notable festival performances at Trans Musicales in France, and as part of the Onipa Showcase at Eurosonic in the Netherlands. Morena Leraba also participated in Damon Alban’s Africa Express music residency in 2018 alongside African and UK music heavyweights, and will feature on 3 tracks on the full album due for release later this year. Morena Leraba performed in London at Africa Express: The Circus, an event hosted in conjunction with the release of the 4 track “Molo EP” which featured Morena Leraba alongside Remi Kabaka (Gorillaz), Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground), Moonchild Sanelly, Muzi and Infamous Boiz.

The band will be touring Europe during the upcoming summer season, and they’re also really looking forward to Bush Fire Festival in eSwatini (Formerly Swaziland) in May 2019 and a special performance alongside fellow African export Baloji, at the Paris Philharmonic in 2020.

Frontman, Teboho Mochaoa’s hypnotic and often described as mystical stage presence continues to win over fans at every performance. While the recorded music tends to showcase his electronic inclinations, the ever-evolving live act :irmly roots itself in the organic musicality of Leraba’s motherland. He is joined on stage by core band members Vox Portent on live production and synth, and Thami Ngwenya on marimba and backing vocals, forming a scalable stage act that usually features bass, percussions and drums.

Other highlight shows to date include performing at the Common Wealth Games in Australia, Rituel 2 in France, Endless Daze Festival, AfroPunk and Oppikoppi guest performances with BLK JKS, Design Indaba, Human Rights Festival at Constitution Hill, Fête de la Musique Johannesburg and CTEMF.