Soweto-born singer and songwriter Elo’s latest offering is the yearning ‘Make You Stay’, written for the highly anticipated film ‘Mrs Right Guy’. A romantic comedy, the film stars Dineo Moeketsi as the lovelorn Gugu Hlatshwayo, as well as Thapelo Mokoena and Lehasa Moloi, an it’s directed by filmmaker Adze Ugah. ‘Mrs Right Guy’ follows the beautiful, broken-hearted Gugu as she meets two eligible young men – serial seducer Dumile (Thapelo Mokoena) and regular good guy Joe (Lehasa Moloi). How will she make sure she lands the man she deserves, especially after her shoddy treatment of Joe?
‘The film has a powerful female team behind it, so it was great to have a talented, up-and-coming Soweto songstress feature on the soundtrack,’ say Helen Kuun CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. In keeping with the mood of the film, Elo’s new track begins with an emotive piano melody, which introduces a graduating rhythmic section with a groovy bassline and electronic keys.
The singer, born Lerato Sellane, confesses that she drew inspiration from personal experience when writing ‘Make You Stay’. ‘Much like the characters in the film, we all know the fear of losing a lover,’ says Elo. ‘The lyrics, “Though I notice that it is true, truth ain’t the facts to me” mean that even though this how I truly feel, it doesn’t have to be fact, implying that I can choose my truth outside of how I feel.
I don’t have to make decisions based only on my feelings.’ Elo, who describes her music as ‘melancholic, R&B influenced with a touch of electro’ and is highly influenced by local star Thandiswa Mazwai and British singer FKA Twigs, says she became involved in the soundtrack when her producer and label manager at Post Post Music, Tshepang Ramoba, was contracted to compose the score for ‘Mrs Right Guy’. As an artist who is always keen on collaboration, the story of Gugu’s journey left her with the yearning and hope she expresses through her musical contribution to the score, ‘Make You Stay’. 2016 opened with the release of Elo’s debut EP ‘Elogram’.
A six-track offering that is currently available on iTunes, Spotify and other leading music platforms. The first single off the ELOGRAM EP was ‘Be it’ which was accompanied by Elo’s first music video, directed by the award winning Tebogo Malope. The same team regrouped to create the stunning imagery for the ‘Mrs Right Guy’ track.
The release of ‘Elogram’ is supported by an international tour, which kicked off at Swaziland’s House On Fire in February 2016. The local leg of the tour wrapped with the launch party for Elogram in Johannesburg in March, after which Elo jetted off to perform at South by Southwest (SxSW) 2016 in Auston, Texas, as part of the South African music showcase. June will see her touring Spain and France where she has received positive media attention. ELO will end her international engagements for 2016 on a high note in October, when she performs at CMJ music Marathon in New York City, but not before she brings her big voice to local audiences at the premier of ‘Mrs Right Guy’ later this month. ‘Mrs Right Guy’ was funded by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in association with Gauteng Film Commission, and The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). A Fuze Films production, the film was produced by Dumi Gumbi, Kethiwe Ngcobo, Mokopi Shale and Cati Weinek. The film is being distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution. Booking is now open for special sneak previews of Mrs Right Guy on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May ahead of the film’s general release on 3 June.
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