Sankomota is a band from the 'mountain kingdom' of Lesotho. The band (originally named Uhuru) was formed around 1976 and consisted of several members in its earliest years, namely - Frank Leepa (guitarist, vocalist, arranger, composer), Moss Nkofo (drummer), Black Jesus (percussion), Moruti Selate, Tsepo Tshola (lead vocalist, composer), Pitso Sera (guitar), among others. Peter Schneider managed the band in its early years till 1979. Under the leadership of Leepa, Sankomota's career spanned more than two decades.
|Genres||Afro-Jazz, Rock fusion|
|Years active||1976 – present|
Frank Leepa - also known as The Captain - started the band in school, called Anti Antiques. The band changed its name to Uhuru. Due to the popularity of Black Uhuru from the Caribbean, they had to change their name again. When asked what Sankomota means, Frank Leepa is on record saying that it is the name of a mighty warrior from Basotho and Bapedi people. Sankomota was the first band to record an LP in Lesotho. They were recorded by Lloyd Ross and Warrick Sony of Shifty Records on November 11, 1983. The album was self-titled; Sankomota and it has 9-tracks and it is under 50 minutes long.
Tsepo Tshola died on 15 July 2021.
- 1983: Sankomota
- 1989: The Writing's On The Wall
- 1991: Exploration - A New Phase
- 1991: Dreams Do Come True (Re-release)
- 1993: After The Storm
- 2001: Frankly Speaking
- Best Of Sankomota 1981-1991
- Greatest Hits
- The Best Of Tsepo Tshola & Sankomota
- Born For Greatness, Biography of Frank Leepa