Franco denies he’s finished despite oblivion

Frank Lesokwane alias Franco in local music circles made an immediate and resounding impact in the music industry after turning solo in the early 2000s. His star however shone brighter when he released “Bantatola Ke Tshela” in 2001. Franco continued to release a series of hits which included among others “Tipi ya Mokwatla” and “Tshutshu Makgala” thus establishing himself as a force to reckon with. His musical prowess continued as he mixed with the best in the music industry until in 2009 when he released “Baesekele” which did not do well in the market.

In 2010, tragedy struck when Franco lost his wife due to ill health and the musician hit a slump. The death of his wife affected the Kwasa-Kwasa legend so bad that Franco’s performance and appearance in music went seemingly downhill. When Botswana Unplugged visited the Rhumba legend at his office in Gabane this week, Franco recalled how his wife’s death in 2010 affected him very badly.

“She passed away in October and that was the time I was used to releasing my albums and not having her around anymore was extremely difficult for me,” said Franco.

The 45-year-old father of one was also quick to point out that he was kept afloat by his lodge dubbed Jonas Inn Guest House located in Gabane. Franco has also been involved with a local group called Animals, which he has been mentoring and also helped release an album in 2009. His latest offering titled “Zeng Zeng Ke Eng?” is a breath of fresh air and proves the Rhumba music legend still has what it takes to mesmerize crowds.

Speaking with the artist recently, he said the album was released last year.

“I am planning to release a new album in June this year. My fans should expect more from me as I will not be retiring anytime soon,” lamented Franco. Franco who is a staunch Zion Christian Church (ZCC) member also urged his fans to continue showing him support adding that he will continue to deliver only good music.

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