Former music promoter Lekopanye ‘Lecco’ Kenosi of Leccotainment Promotions Company has expanded his wings to nearby South Africa, where he has signed for Arthur Mafokate’s 999 records.
Lecco has worked with 999 records before, as he was its music distributor, ambassador and show planner in Botswana since 1997.
Mafokate, known in South Africa as the King of Kwaito, founded 999 records at the height of the kwaito craze in the nineties.
The company now produces upcoming artists mostly in the kwaito genre. Being named after Mafokate’s family house number in Chiawelo, ‘999′ records has thus far produced kwaito records for musicians such as Aba Shante, New School, Lira, Purity, Speedy, Makhendlas, Brenda Fassie, Ishmael, Mshoza, and African Roots just to mention a few. The recording label can now boast of a Motswana kwaito artist in the form of Lecco.
The deal was sealed in October 2015 after the Waar Was Jy kwaito festival event where Mafokate was performing.
“I am more than grateful to be working with Mafokate. He has long persuaded me to record tracks with him but I just wasn’t ready until late last year,” said Lecco in an interview. Lecco has recorded a 10 track album with 999, which is a mixture of kwaito and house.
“My new album comprises of some house and kwaito tracks. I have featured Ishmael in three songs, Mafokate in one song and Pantsola in one song. The rest I recorded solo,” he said. He promised that the album will be unique yet pleasurable.
“We haven’t decided on the name yet, but the album will be released in February. Maun people will be the first to hear what I have been preparing at the upcoming Maun Easter Festival. But before then I will be inviting the media to a listening session. People should expect fireworks from this album,” Lecco proclaimed.
The album which took three months to prepare features a song titled ‘Carol’, featuring Mafokate. The video for the song will be shot in both Gaborone and South Africa. The song speaks about a man falling in love with someone and wishing to marry her; so he pleads with his uncles to deliver the marriage news to the in-laws.
“Working at 999 was fun but tough. Arthur Mafokate believes in results so we work non-stop, at times we even sleep in studio,” Lecco said. He went on to urge other Batswana artists to venture into new markets as that can expose them to new platforms such as Channel O and MTVBase.
Lecco’s first album, released in 2010 was titled ‘Peri-Peri’. It was followed by ‘Cousy’ which was released in 2013 and became very popular locally.