MASERU — American singer and songwriter Aprill Goodman serenaded crowds at Kouyate-Neerman dinner concert at Maseru Sun Cabanas on Tuesday.
With the crisp and perfect love of the rhythmic element of words, she dazzled the crowd with her majestic guitar playing skills and flawless vocals, proving why she had to be on that stage.
Speaking to the Weekender about her performance she said: “It was my first in front of Lesotho’s crowd and this has been a great experience.
“People conveyed a positive attitude towards my songs, and it was also an honour to share the stage with people from different worlds.
“I always hope that people become part of my performance rather than the audience as I am also able to draw messages from their reactions.”
One of the great traits as an artiste is the ability to infuse multiple genres into her musicals with ease, earning the Tennessee native the respect from her peers — “It is folk music intoxicated with a bit of jazzy blues,” she said.
She describes her music as very personal; it is influenced by her life experiences and of those people around her.
Her song Perfect is about her mother who tried so hard to be a perfect daughter to Goodman’s grandmother who had a mental illness.
Another thing that sprang from the whole experience was her intimate love for her guitar, the only instrument she uses for her songs.
“I started singing at the age of three as I found music as the easier means of communicating rather than actually talking. When I reached college I decided to learn how to play an instrument that will give more rhythm to my songs, and that I found in a guitar.”
She finds Lesotho to be a great country.
“When I got here in Lesotho I was nervous as I am a first timer in a mountainous country. I have been here for two months now and the people have shown me a lot of love.
Goodman also said that she is willing to spend another ten months in Lesotho to work on her album which is incomplete.
“The songs I performed tonight will appear on my upcoming album which I intend to finalise here.
“I will be looking forward to collaborations with Lesotho’s musicians, maybe do 12 tracks with them to complete my album Elemental.
The main act of the night Kouyate-Neerman graced fans with their exquisite sound and they would not let them off the stage.
Their sound is one that speaks to the mind and rehabilitates the soul. People can dance to it with ease.
This concert that was made possible by Alliance Francaìse and Lesotho Sun also saw local singer Nthakoana Ngatane and dancer Reatile Mohapeloa rock the stage.