Lefa Mosea


Lefa Mosea is a saxophonist born in the Vaal Triangle(Sebokeng),South of Johannesburg but later moved to stay in Pretoria in his very early teen years. In Pretoria that's where his musical talent was awakened and started taking music theory and guitar lessons in 2003. Under the guidance of his private music teacher Lefa played the guitar throughout his high school life till his matric year in 2005. He then joined the Vusi Mahlasela Music Development Foundation(VMMDF) at the State Theatre in Pretoria. At VMMDF he was introduced to the saxophone and instrument he was always fond of but because of lack of necessary finances he couldn't get his hands on but through the foundation he was offered the chance of learning it and he has never looked back ever since. Lefa was part of the foundation from 2005 till 2007 taking lessons on both guitar and saxophone. In 2008 Lefa Mosea enrolled at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University(NMMU)in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.Lefa studied towards his jazz degree Bmus(ed) and through his stay in PE he met up with young musicians from PE and formed a band called TAKE NOTE(please see google,Take Note jazz band). In 2011 the band got it's first break and were signed under NATIVE RHYTHMS by Sipho Sithole. "Rear Window" the album was the released and Lefa played a very crucial role in that project in terms of compositions and arrangements. Through Native Rhythms,Lefa and TakeNote managed to play on big national and international Standard Bank Joy of Jazz where the band was sharing a stage with the likes of Wynto Marsalis,Tutu Puana,Hugh Masekela,Sibongile Khumalo,McCoy Tyner just to name a few. The band was opening the Dinaledi stage at Joy of Jazz. More festivals followed Ugu Jazz Festival in Port Shepstone,Buyelekhaya in EL,Ebubeleni in PE etc. Due to business matters TakeNote asked to be released from their contract at Native in 2013 and went on to record a second album with an independent investor. That's when "...and the journey begins" was released in 2013. Again on this project,Lefa co-composed,co-arranged most of the songs with his fellow members. As the only Sesotho speaking member of the band Lefa brought a different sound in the band's music as all the other members were isixhosa speaking. Lefa's musical background and influence can be strongly heard on songs like Ramasedi,Sebogo,uThando lwam,Fuse blues just to name a few. These are all on both of the band's two albums. All of the songs Lefa composed/co-compsed are currently enjoying high rotation on Kaya Fm,Metro Fm,Umhlobo Wenene Fm and Radio 2000. After playing with TakeNote for so many years on different stages and with different artists such as Mam' Sbongile Khumalo,Mxo,Asanda Bam,Pu2ma Tiso,Nomfusi just to name but a few. Lefa decided to embark on a solo career in January 2015 where leads his own band "Lefa Mosea&The Double Standards Quintet". He plays mostly his compositions from his TakeNote days and fresh material that he keeps writing week in and week out. The 28th of February...

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