The iconic musician whose career spanned over five decades died last week after a long illness.
He was born 75 years ago in Ha Rafutho in the Berea district.
One of his loyal supporters – Lithobi Shale of Mafeteng, says he has always loved the artiste’s music as it talks about real life issues.
This is unusual because Mr Shale is from Mafeteng where the famo genre is different from the one played in the northern parts of Lesotho.
Even today, he still owns some of the earliest albums produced by Phau-manyetse because in his own words, “his songs help me to unwind after a long day’s work”.
He says fellow residents of Mafeteng used to mock him for listening to Phau-manyetse’s music, calling him a lost soul.
“His music is not only entertaining but it is educational as well,” Mr Shale says.
The late artiste’s music, he says will be played by generations to come as it teaches listeners how to be better human beings, adding that its lyrics are neither harsh nor derogatory like other famo music songs.
Seasoned famo artist, Mohlomi Apollo Ntabanyane who worked with the deceased for several years, describes his late colleague as a dedicated individual who was quite passionate about music.
Together Apollo and Phau-manyetse formed the once famous band called Tau ea Matšekha that made waves in the 1970’s until the nineties.
Apollo says his former partner’s death is a great loss both to the music industry and the Basotho nation at large, further describing his dead friend as a gentleman who was modest and always kind to other people around him.
“We started playing music together around 1968 at stockvels and local bars before he crossed the border to South Africa,” Apollo recalls.
With time, he says, the famo music industry became established and more artists chipped in.
“We grew up together as musicians since we both started as young men,” he also remembers.
They recorded their first album in 1968 but got nothing for their trouble. Although their debut album sold like hot cakes in the street, but when they demanded royalties, their producers told them that they did not have any stake in the monies.
“That was indeed a great loss because it could have changed our lives immediately,” a sad Apollo reminisces.
Later in 1968, the two young artistes signed a contract with a recording company and released their next album.
“We were paid R200 and later R1 000 each. That was when we realised that we could make a decent living out of our music,” he says.