Lesotho’s rap scene is undergoing immense growth at the moment. The level of interest from the general public is at the highest it’s ever been, a prospect which has attracted monetary investment from the corporate sector. While emcees have always been releasing music, it’s only been in the past two years that a following has begun to crystallize, a feat which can be attributed to a combination of factors – the global assimilation of certain rap signifies into pop culture notwithstanding.
I got the opportunity to hang out with some of the homies who are actively involved in the scene. From T-Mech, who is responsible for organising the artist line-up for one of the biggest songs in Lesotho last year, a Versace bootleg called Basali (translation: women), to Dallas T, whose Thursday chart show on the national broadcaster Ultimate FM has garnered wide support over the years, and is partly responsible for the current level of interest in the scene.
I had my camera nearby and managed to capture some moments, from studio sessions, to radio interviews, to live performances. They’re all over here.