Tourism group offers outdoors adventure
AS PART of efforts to foster the growth of the Clap and Tap musical genre in the country, Balopolloa Ba Morena Gospel Choir is set to host South African group, Kutloana ke Matla from Thembisa.
The two-day event, which will be held at Lesotho Cooperatives College on 21 March and at AME Hall the following day, is meant to give Clap and Tap exposure to local groups.
“We have a number of Clap and Tap groups in the country, and since it is an emerging genre in Lesotho, we decided to invite a group from South Africa so that we learn a thing or two from them,” said Balopolloa Ba Morena Gospel Choir founder Reverend Ben Mosala.
“We normally hold two shows each year, with one held around this time and the other towards the end of the year. We also feature foreign groups to gain exposure and share experiences with them as they have already made a name for themselves.”
Balopolloa Ba Morena Gospel Choir recently released its debut ECO tourism group, Hope Extreme Adventures, will host a three-day hiking and camping expedition from Ketane to Semonkong from 27 to 29 March.
According to Hope Extreme Adventures’ Marketing Manager Tšepo Ramokotjo, the aim of the event is to help participants “get in touch with nature” and also promote tourism in Lesotho.
“Getting in touch with nature helps refresh the mind and get a perfect start over the weekend away from daily routines,” said Ramokotjo, who is also a Senior Instructor.
“The outdoors are the perfect place to meditate and break away from the stress and depression of everyday life.
“We invite people to join us in the quest to 15-track album titled heso.
The offering also features collaborations with such artistes as Kingdom Classics, Molupe and Kutloana ke Matla leader Lucas Lekhooa.
Some of the tracks from the new album will be among the songs the group will perform at the two shows.
Mosala added that they had also invited other local Clap and Tap groups such as St Peters Church Choir, Barutoana ba Morena and Bana Ba Tumelo to afford them find our inner selves and conquer the fear of heights as well as exploring nature, which will all be done through hiking.”
He said their aim was to promote attractions off the beaten tourist track, some of which are not even known by most Basotho. As an emerging company formed in 2011, Ramokotjo said they wanted to create a niche market and boost the tourism sector in the process.
“Since Hope Extreme Adventures’ formation in 2011, our focus has mainly been on extreme activities in our efforts to promote healthy lifestyles whilst also enhancing our tourism sector by showcasing this country’s breathtaking scenery,” he said.
Ramokotjo further said although this would be their first event for the Ketane to Semonkong area, they previously held other
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Meanwhile, to spice up the event, comedians Cura and Lilaphalapha will add a humorous tinge to the shows.
“Music soothes the soul and heals the heart, while comedy adds that tickling flavour to the event, hence our including them in the line-up,” he said.
Mosala said even though the 93-member group is only a year old, their long term goal was to they were all able to make a living from their music. hiking and camping events in such places as Qiloane Waterfall, Qeme and hiking from Mokhotlong to South Africa’s Natal province.
“Our events are different from the rest that are organised by other organisations in that they are expeditions, meaning that we do not have cars that carry our luggage but
“We cannot just be entertainers. We are working at doing projects that will feed our members, and not actually pay them for it will be a bit farfetched, but rather help them establish small businesses,” he said.
“For instance, we can buy sewing machines to those members who can sew.”
Mosala also paid tribute to the support from the group’s fans, expressing surprise for attracting the attention of government officials while performing at different events. carry it ourselves so that people can experience everything that has to do with hiking and camping,” he said.
Hope Extreme Adventures also offers such activities as rock climbing and abseiling, paintball, archery, horse riding, city tours and team building games.
FILE PIC: Hikers PARTICIPATE In THE Mokhotlong to NATAL Hope Extreme Adventures Event.