Leo’s debut album in the works

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Mohalenyane Phakela

LEOMILE “Leo” Motsetsela, says she is finally working on her debut album after a slew of singles.

The Johannesburg-based singer has made waves since launching her solo career last year with such singles such as Fantasize, Lerato Le Felile, One last Fix and We Must All Be Blind.

She also collaborated with local artists Sadon on the track Beautiful Love in 2013 and Fredi Fons on Love Sick which was released last year.

Leo told the Weekender this week that the debut offering would be released by the end of the year.

“I have already worked on the first track called Pula Molomo that captures my philosophy. In the song, I state that I don’t have to be anything else but be me,” she said.

“It is too early to tell the form of the whole album, since my influences are vast and I can produce different types of music. I like to blend modern and traditional sounds.”

Retracing her musical journey, Leo said it all started at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) where she was studying for a film degree.

“I started off my career as a first-year student at the University of AFDA in Johannesburg and decided to change my field of study from film to music after I realised that it was what I really enjoyed,” said Leo, adding that with time, she became a regular feature at popular Johannesburg club Baseline.

“It was a case of trial and error at first. However, I later submitted my demos at Bassline and they fell in love with my music. I have performed at the club on a number of occasions.”

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