Will Idols’ Lefa get a lift up or out?

2011-08-20 15:18

The tempting clutches of gangsterism almost lured an unsuspecting teenager into its den.

But Idols’ finalist Lefa Pike managed to escape when his mother, fearing that her good son might turn bad, sent him away.

He went to live with his aunt in Musina, where loneliness almost became his best friend until, he says, music sneaked in and saved him from himself.

“When I was 14, I remember imitating Boyz to Men and when the few friends I had made heard me sing, they were like ‘Wow, man, you can sing’,” he says.

He started performing at weddings, parties and local gigs until he and his acoustic soul band, Green Orange, hit the big time to perform regularly at the Flamingo Casino in Kimberley.

Enter Idols season 7 and at 29, the part-time sessionist’s groovy rendition of Brenda Fassie’s Too Late For Mama still landed him in the bottom three for the second time in a row.

“I didn’t expect it because of my song choice, so I’m disappointed to have been in the bottom three again last week. But I think I did the song justice and I wouldn’t have done anything differently.”

Pike is slightly put off by people who say they’ll vote and never do; that’s how he figures he’s become a regular feature at the bottom.

“The competition is all about votes, but if people don’t vote, I’m bound not to progress in the competition.”

Accompanied on piano and vocals by Loyiso Bala this evening, Pike will serenade us with his own take on John Legend’s Ordinary People.

“This is completely my sound and I feel totally comfortable with it,” he says.

We’re expecting a refreshing change from the up-tempo beats of the past weeks.

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