With a voice that commands your attention from the first note combined with some mesmerizing styling, singer/songwriter and Gospel recording artist, Kabelo Eric who had gone completely A.W.O.L for almost four (4) years is back with the release of his fourth studio album titled ‘Take The Glory’. As he forges a new trail in the realm of Gospel, Eric says the 10-track album has been meticulously engineered with songs that he claims will get him international recognition and help him break new barriers.
Eric delivers a perspective with his fourth album “Take the Glory” that is insightful and each record speaks to the weary and devote believers that worship alike. Eric states that his “album is a celebration of Christ that has a blend of scripture and creative metaphors that will give the listener spiritual food for thought”.
The artist hosted a listening season at Sedibeng lodge on Wednesday in Gaborone where he explained his break from music arguing that he did not want to rush to produce his next album.
The musician-cum-pastor said he recorded his album at TM Records, Johannesburg, South Africa – same studio that has produced for Vusi Mtofaka, Thato Mampe and Veliswa Skei among others under the tutelage of Thato Mampe.
“I have featured Thato Mampe (from RSA) and Lesedi Mmeke (Botswana). People famously know me by singing traditional gospel. This album is bringing a totally rebranded sound of myself which will earn me an international appeal. It’s a new texture and flair of fusion of contemporary touch, R&B, soul rhythm and beat. I want to appeal to a wider international followership be it in UK, Singapore, Australia and USA where I have performed before.”
Despite his minimal bookings locally, Eric continues to enjoy massive recognition from various entities for his music across the world. In 2008, the Botswana National Youth Awards bestowed him with the Best in Performing Arts, while in 2011, Afroteinment Museke Online Africa Music Awards in New York, USA awarded him with the ‘Best Religious Song in Africa’.
Furthermore, the same year saw him scoop the ‘Africa Gospel Music Award’ in London for the ‘Best Male Artist in Africa’. In 2014 he also scooped the KORA Africa Music Awards under the Best Male Gospel Artist category.
“These are awards that are my brand identity and placement. I’m forever grateful and they motivate me to become a better singer. In 2014/15, I was selected to be the KORA-Botswana Goodwill Ambassador for #KORAFightsEbola campaign.”
Not only has music elevated Eric’s rise but he’s actively involved in philanthropic work too. He was recently nominated by the Top Outstanding Young Persons of the World Awards through Junior Achievement Botswana for his role in Voluntary Youth Leadership.
The songs in the album include, Take the Glory, Mama My Hero, Rato LA Jeso, Msindisi, Thola Moya same, Ke nna yo, That’ impilo yam’, Ha ho ya tshwanang le Jeso, Speak a word and U vul’ iminyango e valiwe.
Spotted at the listening session were Botswana Music Union (BOMU) President, Pagson Ntsie, My Star judge, Kgomotso Tshwenyego and debutant singer, Lorraine Ditsebe just to name a few.