By Sekonyela Qaitsane
MASERU – Seems like there’s no stopping for local music genius veteran ‘Damario’ (40) who continues to set a good example for aspiring musicians locally, 25 years later.
Born Lethapa Tikiso, Damario (or simply ‘Dama’) is one of the few local Mokorotlo music premiering veterans who still manage to remain loyal and relevant to the music industry to this day. His brand continues to flourish similarly. He was a member of a successful and influential local duo dubbed ‘LEFATE’ as a lead vocalist alongside Setlofa from 1996 until they went separate ways in 2008.
The music video of his hit single ‘Molleloa’ achieved quite an impressive feat; now playing on South African Television DSTV Channel, Mzansi Music Channel 321 more recently. This single is a title track from Damario’s 2019 album, his 3rd after the renowned ‘Khalase e ncha’ masterpiece since he went solo in 2008. This album was released through his Company, Dee Records.
The music video immediately followed the release of the album and was later on high rotation on Lesotho Television (LTV) before his management contacted South African Broadcasting Services (SABC) to premiere the music video in any of their channels. He says after a month of waiting for feedback, they finally received positive news that it was accepted by Mzansi Music channel 321 and uploaded for viewers.
Damario is adamant that he did not have any connections whatsoever but believes the rich content of the song coupled with good quality and a good use of Sesotho language, must have played an important role in opening doors for the music video.
He says his music revives faith for those who have lost hope, calls those who lose their way to order, and heals the broken hearts while also helping people celebrate. He’s quite strict about the use of Sesotho language citing that he chooses to sing for his people and communicate his messages in a language that his target audience -being Basotho in general, can understand and relate with. This is also his secret of success and ability to remain relevant. He’s quite versatile when it comes to genres as he does R&B, Afro pop, afro soul, and hip hop among other genres.
Despite massive success over the years, he remain as humble and hungrier as a beginner to this day. He believes that this is the kind of attitude upcoming artistes should have in order to make it even bigger than he did. He urged the upcoming artistes to never cease to learn in order to keep improving their craft despite how talented and famous they may be. The pillar of everything he says is God and therefore artistes should always look up to him for a way.