Jazz artist’s music helps the vulnerable

Motsamai Lepele

With an album already trending internationally, Bloemfontein jazz artist, Motsamai Lepele, is using proceeds from his latest jazz album My, Your, Our Africa, to help the less fortunate. As the world is battling the Covid-19 pandemic, Lepele has been hard at work reaching out to the less fortunate through his Motsamai Lepele Foundation, donating food and clothes among other things. Lepele said he was quite surprised at the fact that his album was well received by many other countries.

It is being played in major countries such as Germany, China, United States of America and Russia among others. He gets money by streaming the songs, made possible by having a licence. “Growing up and having experienced life’s challenges, I made a promise to help those who have to face what I went through.

This dream also means changing as many lives as possible,” he said. He started his foundation as a way of reaching out to the less fortunate because he loves being behind the scenes when helping people and as such he prefers to work with NGOs and different individuals. “A portion of the money I receive from the sale of the album goes to my foundation and I use it to partner with non-profit organisations and individuals who approach me for help,” he added.

Fusing music with reaching out to the less fortunate has worked like a charm, as he can introduce his jazz sound to people while also reaching out to them. He told Bloemfontein Courant that though the songs are for mature jazz audiences, they can also be enjoyed by others.

The album sells for R100 a copy. You can enjoy Lepele’s music while driving, relaxing and even gardening at home. He can be contacted on 078-210- 0881 or 078-124-5396 or on Facebook at Motsamai Lepele Chakela.

Heidre Malgas