Johannesburg- Here are festive and wedding season greetings from Thato Molupe
aka Wave Rhyder (Wa Nkutlwa Na; Dikeledi and Pula). The Lesotho-born artist
ushers us to December with a new love song titled Seanamarena.
Ntate nthekele seanamarena is directly translated to "father please buy me a
blanket." Often sung at any special occasion, especially for a wedding "step" as they
call it ekasi when a couple stroll and dance in the streets on their wedding day or
when a bride is welcomed by her in-laws.
A Seanamarena is a bright and colourful Basotho blanket which mostly gives a
sense of pride, dignity, as well as greater meaning to those who wear it. You've most
likely noticed Basotho wearing it around their shoulders to embrace their rich culture.
The flamboyant seanamarena is also given to a newly married couple, hence we
hear Wave Rhyder asking for it in this love song, in which he proclaims his undying
love and intentions to marry the girl he loves. The blanket is also said to represent
fertility, fortune and family.
Wave Rhyder says this upbeat song is for everyone who loves love.
"This is a love song. I am indicating to my father that I am ready to marry the person
I love. I feel like it is a great song; I see and hear people playing it in clubs," he says.
He adds that the sing can be listened to by lovers and people who love dancing.
Wave Rhyder is nominated for the All Africa Music Awards set to take place in
Nigeria in January for his song Wa Nkutlwa Na.
Name and surname: Thato Molupe
Stage name: Wave Rhyder
Home town: Morija, Lesotho
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