Soweto-born Elo Zar has just released her first single of 2020: an emotionally gripping seSotho track titled “Bophelo”. The new release, which features Kommanda Obbs, is the first single from her upcoming body of work. Lerato Sellane, who is better known as Elo Zar has been hard at work on new material and she closed off February 2020 by offering her loyal fans a taste of what she’s been cooking up in the studio. The sultry singer released “Bophelo”, a dreamy, yet heart-wrenching account of how resilience is born from life’s toughest moments.
The songstress worked with the gifted Cristof Snayman to bring “Bophelo” to life but its inspirations were borne out of everyday struggles. Describing the song on its release, Elo Zar said, “Life requires a person to be resilient through everything they face but with resilience one still needs to surrender to the need for help beyond self.”
While her soothing vocals lace the track with trademark technique and melody, her sharp-tongued collaborator Kommanda Obbs brings an edgy contrast with a hard-hitting verse. The Lesotho-born rapper has made a name for himself by infusing rap with traditional elements and all of those characteristics were on display when he turned up to record “Bophelo”.
Elo Zar has truly found a home as an alternative R&B artist, but if “Bophelo” is anything to go by, then the singer-songwriter will be pushing all boundaries with her upcoming release this year. The queen of quirk worked fans into a frenzy when she not only unveiled the new single with its cover art but also added that she would be releasing a full-length project this year which she has described as a “labour of love”.
Elo Zar’s rise through the ranks of South African music has proven to be an inspiring journey. The singer began her professional career working a full-time job at Universal Music Group Africa before showcasing her talents as a backing vocalist for big names such as Vusi Nova. The time would always come for the spotlight to turn to her and now, five years after releasing her debut single, “Stare”, Elo Zar is ready to prove that she has earned her stripes and is now ready to conquer all challenges ahead of her.
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