Tourism group of­fers out­doors adventure

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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

Tlo­hong Ba- the op­por­tu­nity to take notes and share iedas.

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.

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