Jamming with Lehasa Moloi

2012-11-02 10:01

He’s made his name as an actor on SABC2’s Muvhango and SABC3’s Isidingo, but this live wire is a closet musician, in fact.

He’s been playing guitar, keyboard and trombone since his teens – a love he recently rediscovered.

‘Even though I consider myself an actor first, music has always been something I was good at and passionate about. I spent less time on it as my acting career grew, but landing a gig as the host for e.tv’s Mgongo by Sony music show has made me very keen to focus on it again,’ he says.

Lehasa also produces his own music and hopes to release his album in the next year or two. ‘My style is a unique hybrid between deep electro house, neo soul and indie rock.

Those have been my biggest influences and they are an adequate mix for me to fully express myself,’ he says.

He credits his new job with making him pay more attention to his musical talent.

‘I’ve learnt to trust my music more. I have the opportunity to meet people who are so passionate about what they do and I learn from them and realise that as much as talent is critical, it’s the commitment to the skill that separates the greats from everyone else.’

His new role as TV presenter came about when a Sony corporate video he was involved in made its way to Mgongo’s producer. After a few meetings, it was decided that he was the best man for the job.

‘It was really unexpected, but it was such a positive surprise. It was as though I was meant to pay more attention to my musical side. As a multi-disciplined artist it gets very easy for one craft to be chosen over another – I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to do both,’ he says.

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