TP Squared bounces back

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MASERU — Gospel group, TP Squared, has bounced back on the local music scene after a five-year break.

TP Squared made waves in 2006 after they released their hit album, Living to Fulfill My Purpose, but quickly vanished from the scene without notice.

The group, made up of three Matete brothers, Teboho, Phoka and Patrick, this week said they are back to stay.

TP Squared lead singer, Patrick Matete, told the Weekender that they are currently working on their second album called More.

The new offering features potential hits like Bonga, a single that has an afro-pop beat but maintains the gospel theme, Kena le Modisa and Praise Him Tonight.

Matete said the new album will attempt to present them on the market as more focused and mature artistes.

He said so much had changed in the past five years since they released their first album after they took different routes in life.

“Each one of us then just focused on their own business, Teboho got married and I left the country, but we are back in the studio working hard to release more hits,” Matete said.

More is definitely going to introduce us as more mature artistes with a more defined sound which is nicer and more refined.

“Phoka has been working hard to perfect his art form while I focused on writing, composing, arranging and creating beats,” he added.

He said Teboho, who is the group’s music arranger, worked hard to make the latest album of high quality.

“This project is the best quality offering ever in the history of local music,” Matete said.

Growing up in a God-fearing family, the trio started singing at an early age.

“We were raised by a God-fearing family which loves music so that inspired us to form a contemporary gospel group that will make music appealing to the youth.”

Matete said they will hold shows and provide outstanding performances “for the public to love us again”.

He added: “We are looking to dazzle everyone with our captivating music.”

He noted that their debut album was much appreciated but they, as a group, failed to invest much in its marketing.

“It (Living To Fulfill My Purpose) was popular on radio stations but it didn’t do so well on the market. This is partly because we didn’t do enough to market and promote it,” Matete said.

“We are coming back into the game because we feel it is time,” he added.

“We owe it to ourselves, our fans and the country to return and elevate the standard of music production and composition in the country.”

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