Local Gospel heavyweight Tshepo TLes Lesole proves in his latest offering, Grateful that he still got it.
Often likened to American artistes like Boys II Men whom he admits has received inspiration from, TLes gave his all to this album. Other people say he reminds them of Robert Kelly and Jaheim.
Lesole tells BG Style that he had to take his time to give the album the rhythm and all the good quality that it deserves.
“This project is my heart. For you to understand my heart, you have to listen to it. It’s also about my excellent nature because I can be my worst critic,” he giggles.
Use me, the opening track from his previous album is a prayer request for God to use him to expand his kingdom as he avails himself.
Though he is often referred to as ‘Pastor Lesole,’ TLes says that he does not have a church and is waiting for God to do His will in his life. He is not in any rush to open a church. Actually, ‘the preacher’s kid,’ himself, TLes says he grew up in church as one of the musicians.
He released Grateful on his sixth wedding anniversary, being October 22, 2017. Though he says it has got nothing to do his matrimonial occasion, he remains thankful to his wife Angie Lesole whom he sings about in one of the songs called Angels. He is generally thanking her for her love and support throughout the years. He also gets to throw in some charming lines about her beauty. “Bontlenyane jwa gagwe o tshwana le mmaagwe.’ The soothing laughter of their two daughters can also be heard on the background of the song.
“My wife is always supportive. She always pushes to be better and to get the work done,” he says.
They also have a duet where they express their love for each other.
Wena Fela is also a good song that expresses commitment to God. He also expressed the sovereignty of God in Busa Kgosi. He also reignites the love for hymns in a rack called Pela Tulo. More of You is a song about being empty before God and asking Him to fill you up with Himself. The rhythm alone changes the spiritual atmosphere.
All in all, Grateful is one of the timeless melodies. It is worship at its best and expresses the highest level of intimacy with God. It offers joy, restoration and healing that are only found in God.
TLes says his vision is to see local Gospel music penetrate and collaborate with international artists. “I’ve sold myself to Gospel. I was born to glorify God through music,” he says.
The 15 tracks album is expected to be launched this year. Copies are available at various stores, among them Molapo Crossing’s Street Horn, Cross Gold in Sebele Centre, and Lesedi Christian Centre.