By Thabo Monyela
RELELA VILLAGE – Samuel Maritus Malatji (22) affectionately known as Lil Meri is a Disco and amadamara Bolobedu local singer who took the music industry by storm with his single hits” Ke ngwana wa Motho and Melomo ya batho “.
” I grew up listening to the late Peta Teanet and Brenda Fassie’s music, I started to identify myself as a musician at a young age,” The Ngwana wa Motho singer said.
Lil Meri studied Mechanical engineering with Letaba Tvet College Maake Campus until N3. Due to unemployment, he realized his music career under the notorious Bolobedu Group “Bad Company” under the commandership of General Manizo. Where they released several songs such as “Welcome back Manizo “
He then separated from the Bad company group after a fallout with the senioritis of the group and went solo with his music career. Lil Merry worked with the likes of Omee Otis, Double trouble, Dj Lexxyphonic, and others.
It was through his music that he was able to sharpen his profile as an artist and rehabilitate himself from hooliganism. ” I make sure that every song that I release bears meaning especially to all the youth,” he said.
He can’t rule out the possibilities of collaborating with Bad Company shortly to produce more inspirational songs, however, that would not suggest they are friends again. “General Manizo and I are cool and there is no longer hostility between us anymore ” Lil Merry added.
He became famous with a hit song NGWANA MOTHO (I am also someone’s child), which caused a huge sensation in the bolobedu music industry, and has since released more hits.
After getting some mainstream attention, Lil Meri got into trouble when he was found wearing a South African Defence Force uniform (SANDF). Fortunately, he was released a few days later because this was his first offense.
After SANDF Saga, he released a hit song BA RETSWARISA, translating (they got us arrested) a song that caused a storm in the bolobedu music world.
In 2020, Lil Meri released his other songs, such as THIPA (knife) and Melomo (mouth). These two songs are now very important and have won him some important performances, and Thipa is ranked in the top 30 of Thobela FM Ranked 5th on the list.
The amadamara singer has been surrounded by a lot of controversies lately, earlier this month he was part of the 7 suspects who were arrested at Tzaneen bus rank for public drinking. Several sources around him, further informed Tzaneen Voice that the singer has lately developed a serious addiction to Nyaope and is destroying his future. His addiction towards Nyaope might have been the major contributor to the behavior he displayed at the SEMAs.
It is alleged that Lil Meri refused to perform at the Sepedi Music Awards (SEMA) which were held in Polokwane at Jack Botes Hall on December 18, when he was lined up and his behaviour angered his management. His refusal led to an emotional conflict with his manager and then left the awards venue to his home town Tzaneen.
The SCG production announced through a media statement, its decision to terminate the contractual agreement with “Ngwana wa motho” hitmaker with immediate effect amicably.
The manager of SCG production refused to comment on what made his company terminate the contractual agreement with Lil meri.
Many of his supporters including ckthedj, Kwenisto, Omme Ottis shown moral support to him through Facebook posts.
” let’s come together and help our little brother and not judge him. Let us try to help him to get out of the situation he’s in, the boy is a start” ckthedj said.
Kwenisto of Limpopo Tv also shows support to him and cautioned him against bad friends such as Director and further advised him to go back to General Manizo of Bad Company, because he won’t make him smoke Nyaope.
The super talented Amadamara singer Lil Meri died on Saturday, 11 December 2021 following a short illness.
LIM MERI’S TOP TEN SONG
- BA MELOMO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GBCK2qlclQ
- NGWANA MOTHO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXPfTOiX_Wk
- DI CHOMIE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av5D2jowI5Q
- WHY RETLAISEGA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIm21g6kK4w
- BA TSHWARISA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKRQ3hPEUrY
- ROLLER DICE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juBkqZzYU44
- THIPA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MjAnfbJX_0
- IS NEVER TOO LATE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_lHwzZOXtg
- MECHANIC : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71SzTBsyLhs&list=OLAK5uy_nYEosRcLjFD6Cd123Yz0DiMwrgzE8GSgE
- MABAREBARE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIWWjo1pfTM&list=OLAK5uy_nYEosRcLjFD6Cd123Yz0DiMwrgzE8GSgE