Founding Member of House of Kuumba Africa Lerato Lichaba

Lerato Lichaba

Born in Mzimhlope, Orlando West Soweto, Lerato Lichaba began his journey with the guitar at the age of 16 years at the historical Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando West. Upon completion of his matric he went on to pursue his love for music by becoming a Disc Jockey (DJ). In 2006, he was involved in studio production and worked at Soul Candi Records as a Session Artist while studying Studio and Software Management at the Soul Candi Academy.

It was during this year that he began to take playing the guitar seriously. His distinct and unique style of playing has presented him with amazing opportunities both locally and internationally playing across a variety of genres.

Lerato is inspired by life and how people relate, moreover, how different cultures and traditions blend in the language of his music. In music, there is no colour or creed; it is a place where all people can connect with each other.

Lerato is also a member of Forest Jam Southern Africa together with South African veterans, Madala Kunene and Mabi Thobejane as well as Swiss, Senegales, Madagasy and Mozambican artists. The intercultural band which seeks to encourage social cohesion toured South Africa and Mozambique in 2016 under the name Forest Jam Groove Orchestra. Since then, Lerato has been performing with King of Zulu Guitar, Madala Kunene and recently celebrated his 50th anniversary tour in 2018 with Mabi Thobejane, Paki Peloeole, Matthias Abächerli, Ngoako Manamela and Themba Mokoena.

Lerato is a patron of House of Kuumba, visionary, conceptualist, archivist, music stylist, and founding band member of Urban Village.