Ramakatsa dies

Ramakatsa dies

MASERU – JAMES Ramakatsa, a famous famo musician widely known as Lampi, died at a hospital in South Africa last Friday.
A relative who is also his mentor in music, famo guru Apollo Ntabanyane, said Lampi was suffering from Tuberculosis for quite some time.
Ntabanyane told thepost that he was saddened by Lampi’s death “because I regarded him as my own son”.

He said Lampi respected all people and he did not promote hatred in his music as some of the young famo musicians do.
“My heart is still hurt because of his death. Lampi was very respectful and did not hate anyone,” Ntabanyane said.
“He was not part of the violent famo associations,” he said.
“Lampi was not only my colleague but was like a relative . . . he is my child.”

Acting Minister of Tourism, Temeki Tšolo, expressed his condolences on behalf of the government to Lampi’s family and his music fans.
“Though it is my first time to hear about these sad news, I want to express my sympathies to that family and may God console them,” he said.
A trade unionist, radio presenter and famo artist Tšepang Makakole known as Nyakanyaka said he first knew Lampi when he sang with his brother Lehlohonolo.
Lampi and Lehlohonolo were companions in music and they also recorded an album entitled “Lampi Le Lehlohonolo”.
Nyakanyaka said he was devastated by the death.

“The family should be encouraged and understand that death is God’s plan and Lampi is not the first and last to die,” Nyakanyaka said.
He however raised his worries that their music is counterfeited and played for free on various platforms.
He said this affects their music industry negatively.

Lampi’s famous song that was admired by most famo supporters and Sesotho speaking people was Sebouleli which he sang with his companion Lehlohonolo.
The song talks about a man who sits at home, enjoying being around his wife and does not worry about going to work.
In the song, Lampi starts by appreciating Apolo Ntabanyane before poetically narrating the story of a jealous man who is always stalking his own wife.
However, this man has many concubines although he does not want his wife to have a lover.

“I will not dream of concubines while I am at my workplace, I would rather dream of a house and cows,” he sings.
Lampi leaves behind his wife and three children.
Details surrounding when he will be laid to rest have still not been announced.

Famo music originated in the drinking bars where Basotho would go to relax after working in the South African mines back in the 1920s.
The music however is now associated with violence as rival gangs kill each other. Over 200 people have died in famo music gang violence in recent years.

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