Sereetsi & the Natives releases new album
Botswana’s multi-award winning contemporary folk act, Sereetsi & The Natives, has returned in 2018 with its sophomore studio album entitled Motoko. The exciting new body of work follows up on 2015’s Four String Confessions, which yielded four Botswana Music Awards in 2016 (Best Single, Best Male Artist, Best Folk Album and Best Newcomer) and put Sereetsi & The Natives on big stages with a growing international profile, including a stop-over in Chicago, USA, Stockholm, Sweden, Planetta World Music Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, a showing in Namibia and a 10 date tour of South Africa (2016).
Motoko (April 2018) presents a multi-layered sound that blends traditional Botswana rhythms with Western influences like rock, pop and jazz, all built around the signature sound and unique tradition of the Tswana four string folk guitar. The 10-track album was recorded with live instrumentation with some of Botswana’s A-list session musicians and a slew of international musicians from Sweden and USA.
Sereetsi continued his collaboration with Swedish producer, drummer and engineer, Mikael Rosen on Motoko. The Swedish connection in this new album is deepened by cameo roles by Gothenburg natives, keyboardist David Back and guitarist Tobias Grim. Back stars in the funky Botengtengteng and the groovy Maobenka while Grim works his magic on the ballad Pasi Pa Nyolo and Ke Mono Fela.
Terry Lewis II from Kansas City, USA, brings his smooth saxophone chops on the catchy Mpopi and Botengtengteng. Long time Sereetsi & The Natives drummer Leroy Nyoni, virtuoso guitarist Gomotsegang Rapoo, bassist Sakkie Nonong and keyboardist Kagiso Mangole also bring their A-game in the new album, which has already provided several numbers on radio playlists such as Sebodu, Mpopi, Mpompela, Nthapelela and Botengtengteng.
On Motoko, which is named after his late father, Sereetsi weaves social and tragicomic stories ranging from the universal like love, relationships, the urgent need for economic independence to new social disruptors like the sex doll.
You can watch the new album EPK/mini-documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb9EJnFo7RM
Also check out Mpopi Lyric Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHOayhFollA