Once in a while we hear a debut single which doesn’t sound like a debut single at all: too thoughtful, too self-confident, or simply too good. “Loves Light” by the young Botswanan soul singer Mpho Sebina seems to have all these attributes.
But there’s an explanation for Mpho’s maturity. First, she’s been performing for years now, but mostly cover songs. And second, she wrote “Loves Light” about 5 years ago while she was visiting Malaysia. She had time to polish what was to become her first original song she would share with the wide world.
Elegantly produced by Favi Charles Motsemme and released in May as an audio track, now the song also gets a drone-assisted visual treatment. The video was directed by Shike Olsen who let us enjoy the beauty of Botswana’s landscapes, its people and Mpho herself. And if you might be surprised by one of her parts in the clip, well, as a kid she wanted to be a shopkeeper one day.
The 26 years old singer-songwriter is currently working on as yet untitled debut album, due some time in 2016, and it’s supposed to show Mpho’s love for artists like Mariah Carey, Bob Marley, and Sade with her dedication to her motherland.