Kommanda Obbs is a musician, lyricist and an activist whose sound is embedded in his Sesotho heritage. He dedicated his life to music at a tender age and has since been esteemed as a pioneer of the Sesotho rap music sub-genre affectionately known as Ts’epe. Obatia Chapi better known as Kommanda Obbs is originally from a small border town (Maputsoe) in Lesotho, his biggest inspiration is how rich global folk cultures inform modern day hip hop narratives. “How rich our cultures are is the reason why I want my music to boast of how rooted, we are in our culture, just by default, as Africans. Apart from that, I think the music chose me because I have always gravitated towards folk artistic expressions, Famole and Sankomota playing a vital role in influencing how I see music, he says.
Kommanda Obbs discovered that he wanted to be a musician from as early as his primary school days. Ts’epe, founded by this Lion of Basotho as he is affectionately known to many, the sub-genre is fast becoming a movement to be reckoned with as highlighted by the growing recognition Obbs is relishing. Kommanda Obbs’ distinctive feature is his growling and melodic voice which is a trademark that his fans and Ts’epe clan adulate – his deep voice combined with his hard-hitting and rhythmic lyricism does indeed emulate the sound of a bell, hard-core, striking and commanding lyricism and stellar vocals best describes his sound.