SA singer’s 90-day tour heads for Le­sotho

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SOUTH African singer and song­writer, Natalie Chap­man, is set to per­form in Maseru on 1 April as part of her 90-day tour con­certs.

The show, to be held at Pi­o­neer Mall’s Re­nais­sance Restau­rant is part of Chap­man’s cam­paign to bring aware­ness about domes- tic vi­o­lence and sex­ual abuse. The shows are also meant to mo­ti­vate ev­ery­day peo­ple get in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties

It started off in Jan­uary and will run till end of April, with the Maseru show be­ing num­ber 65 of the 180 shows she will per­form within the 90 days. Apart from Le­sotho and South Africa, her sched­ule will also en­com­pass Zam­bia and Namibia.

“My aim is to use mu­sic to give a voice to sur­vivors of abuse, and I per­son­ally ini­ti­ated and de­vel­oped the con­cept af­ter as my way of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence,” said Chap­man in an in­ter­view with the Week­ender.

“I en­cour­age sur­vivors of vi­o­lent and sex­ual crimes to speak out about their or­deals to bring heal­ing to our so­ci­ety.”

Apart from spread­ing her mes­sage dur­ing the per­for­mances, she also mo­ti­vates and en­cour­ages youths to pro­tect them­selves, speak out when they are vic­tims and change their fu­ture for the bet­ter by be­ing in­volved in cre­at­ing bet­ter com­mu­ni­ties for them­selves.

“I did 90 per­for­mances in 90 days in early 2014 across South Africa. This time I am at­tempt­ing to per­form 180 shows in 90 con­sec­u­tive days, adding Le­sotho to the sched­ule of this sec­ond round,” said the Cape Town based star­let.

“The other ob­jec­tive is to mo­ti­vate com­mu­ni­ties to get in­volved and to help sur­vivors through lo­cal projects.”

Cov­er­ing more than 13 500 km across South Africa, and reach­ing thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als with her mes­sage of hope, mo­ti­va­tion and mu­sic, Chap­man was awarded a LEADSA Hero Award for her ef­forts in May last year.

“I strug­gle to put into words what I am experiencing on 90-day con­certs. I am re­minded ev­ery day of the need for peo­ple in Africa to speak hon­estly about their strug­gles, hurts and sto­ries,” she said.

“This in­cludes chil­dren, men and women across the spec­trum of cul­tures, reli­gion, sexes and age.”

She de­scribes her mu­sic as Coun­try, Folk, Blues and Rock all rolled in one as well as be­ing an actress. Her in­flu­ences mainly em­anate from the eclec­tic range of artists such as The Doors, Tracy Chap­man, Pavarotti and Eric Clap­ton who bol­stered Chap­man’s in­ter­est in mu­sic and ig­nited her tal­ents.

She took an ac­tive in­ter­est in theatre, mu­sic and dance and spent her child­hood hon­ing her skills in all three are­nas. Com­plet­ing high school, she went to Wa­ter­front Theatre School where she com­pleted her per­for­mance diplo­mas in ballet, jazz, tap, singing and drama.

She then jet­ted off to Lon­don and ended up living there for four years, that is where she con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ing her song writ­ing skills and com­pleted the Rain­dance Scriptwrit­ers Course and be­gan writ­ing film scripts and plays.

Af­ter leav­ing Lon­don she em­barked on an epic back pack­ing trip through Africa mak­ing her way down to South Africa and fi­nally home to Cape Town where she rein­tro­duced her­self to the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment world, do­ing live gigs with her five-piece band in and around Cape Town.

SOUTH African singer and song­writer Natalie Chap­man.

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