There is no telling where a great, memorable riff will come from. Some result from effort, some from inspiration, some seem to originate just out of thin air. For this 21 years old guitar slinger, born in Mafeteng but bred in Maseru Ha-Matala phase2, it all originates from a passion.
In an exclusive interview with Achiever Magazine, Tankiso Hantsi revealed that he didn’t go to any institution for guitar skills, he only learned to play in his room. He said for him, guitar playing came as a hobby, as something he is passionate about and the source of his happiness.
‘I had no aspirations to be a musician, but I was inspired by my neighbour who is also a great guitarist, I decided to buy a guitar. I would just wake up in the middle of the night and play God knows what, I would just fret the strings to the frets and play until I could hear that there is logic in the sounds I make,’ he stated.
He went on to say that he got some of his skills by watching tutorials on YouTube, and enhanced them through reading anything that has to do with a guitar. He also stated that the one thing that helped him to grasp information so easily, is his ability to draw as he would memorise what he saw and put it to life with a sketch.
This third year Architectural Technology student from Lerotholi Polytechnic shared his achievements as thus;
‘ I Played on several major occasions where King Letsie III was present, I was among the performers of the Sports awards of Rugby last year and many other get together events,’ said a guitarist who is more into hip-hop, Rhythm and Blues RNB and soul music.
He added by publicising that the sound of an amplified guitar in a room full of people is so hypnotic and addictive to him, that he could cross any kind of border to get on there.
He however exposed that though he loves being a guitarist, he cannot choose it as a life career for he feels that the music career in Lesotho cannot bring bread on the table every day, it is always best to do music just for fun and money will come as a bonus.
In conclusion of his interview, he directed his message to the aspiring musicians.
‘You can be a singer, and you can be a guitar player, but putting them together is another animal. Therefore, be different from the rest, do your own thing and push hard to achieve your goals. Never give up.’