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The rise and rise of Sway

Chris Theko

He shot to prominence during the Step Up music competition in 2019, this is Batuang Mpota also known by his stage name Morena Sway, a rising star who has solidified himself as one of the anticipated acts in Lesotho and the African music scene. 

Born and bred in the Leribe district, he started singing as early as age six having been exposed to music by his mother who was a vocalist. 

“My entire music career has been influenced by my late mother,” Sway said.

The vocally gifted singer grew with the love of music and started writing own songs and singing them whenever he got a chance. 

He describes himself as passionate, hardworking, and effortlessly lyrically gifted personality. 

“My passion, hard work, the effortless lyrical content and my hit singles, easily make me one to watch out for in the near future,”he said. 

Sway brings with him undoubtedly a distinct sound from the mountain kingdom. 

He has worked with the likes of South African Lesedi FM music producer Dj Finzo on one his most successful hits titled I swear

The hit single made it to the top spot of the top 40 hits in one of the most reputable radio stations in South Africa, Metro FM. Therefore, riding on the wave of the single, he managed to clinch an opportunity to perform in one of that country’s most coveted TV Music shows LIVE AMP on SABC 1 in 2016. 

According to him, that was enough a push and motivation for him to put more effort into launching his music career. He then participated in the STEP UP LESOTHO music competition where he won many hearts with his voice. 

Out of the thousands of Basotho aspiring singers, he finished in third place and gained a lot of love and exposure. 

During the STEP UP competition, he released a single tilted in love which took number one on the musicbox charts.  The single did well in keeping his name on many people’s lips. 

Currently he says he is working on a new single called Sematsatsa with support of Member of Parliament for stadium Area#31 Mokherane Tsatsanyane who is popular with offering promising talent unabated support. 

“There is more to come as I am currently working on a new single. I am still not sure about the release date as yet but I have the support of one of our MPs Hon Mokherane Tsatsanyane who has been assisting me in recent times,” he said. 

Sway has had the privilege of gracing big stages such as the Cherry Jazz Festival in Ficksburg South Africa, as well as one of the biggest local festivals the LAMEX festival which was in its launch year in 2019 featuring a 100% of the country’s A-lister acts.

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