Puseletso Seema

He O Oe Oe! (Music From Lesotho)

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This is an album of friendly, happy party music heavy on the accordion, no surprise in a country where a free seat is reserved on every bus for accordion players. The label put together a collaboration between Puseletso Seema, a singer, and a band entitled Tau Ea Linare, which means King of the Buffalos. These two performing entities normally work seperately, but seem to combine without alot of strain to create this collection of ten tunes. Yet it isn't a combination that can be said to generate incredible sparks. The formula doesn't vary all that much from track to track, the singer carrying on over a band track that sometimes becomes dominated by transistions in guitar riffing, but more normally stays kind of static. Despite the description of many traditional instruments in the liner notes, the recording features mostly standard Western instruments including a drum sound that almost seems to be coming from a machine. The bass and guitar interplay on "Vatse Halenone" and the tragic final track, "Kesetse Mahlomolenu," are among the highlights. Listeners should find the vocalist's antics entertaining, as he sounds like he has inhaled helium prior to the session.

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