New Books Nonfiction South Africa

Mpho A. Leepa’s biography of South African music legend Frank Leepa is coming.

Born for Greatness: Biography of Frank Leepa is the biography of South African music legend Frank Leepa. Written by Mpho A. Leepa and published by Geko Publishing the book launches in Johannesburg on May 26, 2018.

Sankomota became the first band to record an LP, Sankomota (1983) ,in the Southern African country of Lesotho. It was founded in 1976 by Frank Leepa who was its guitarist, vocalist, arranger, and composer, alongside drummer Moss Nkofo, percussionist Black Jesus, Moruti Selate, lead vocalist and composer Tšepo Tšola, guitarist Pitso Sera among others.

They would go on to record other albums like The Writing’s On The Wall (1989), Exploration – A New Phase, Dreams Do Come True (Re-release) (1991) and After The Storm (1993). Some of their most famous songs were Papa and Stop The War. You can check out Stop The War below;

A new biography of the band founder Frank Leepa is coming our way. Written by Mpho A. Leepa, the musician’s younger sister, it is said to be a moving biography of one of Africa’s legends of contemporary music. It will give an almost-complete account of her brother’s fulfilled, yet turbulent time in Lesotho, South Africa and Europe. Mpho takes us on a journey of this genius – from childhood, to political turmoil of Lesotho, to missing a chance to gig in America for 6-months to their success in South Africa and in Europe.

The book will be launched at African Flavour Books in Johannesburg on May 26, 2018 – to coincide with Africa Month celebrations. The book will then be launched in Bloemfontein on June 3 and then in Maseru at the end of June 2018.

Here is an image of the Frank Leepa courtesy of the publishers of the book.

Frank Leepa.
Frank Leepa.

By James Murua

This blog is run by James Murua a Nairobi, Kenya based lover of books.

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