King­dom Clas­sics belt out Se­sotho ren­di­tion

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

KING­DOM Clas­sics put up a ster­ling show on Sun­day and lived up to their prom­ise to de­liver some­thing dif­fer­ent by per­form­ing Se­sotho ren­di­tions of their pop-clas­sic songs.

The an­nual Easter/win­ter con­cert, which was held at Maseru Sun Ca­banas, had been the quar­tet’s first show af­ter the Valen­tine’s Day show was can­celled due to group mem­bers’ work com­mit­ments.

To the de­light of their ador­ing fans, King­dom Clas­sics per­formed in Se­sotho the Span­ish clas­sic, Hasta Li Fi­nale, which means till death do us apart, ti­tling it Ke Tlao Rata ho isa Le­fung.

Ac­cord­ing to group mem­ber, Tuoe Han­tši, the per­for­mance of the Se­sotho ren­di­tion was meant to gauge the au­di­ence’s re­sponse, which would also in­form how they would struc­ture their fu­ture shows. King­dom Clas­sics’ fu­sion of clas­si­cal mu­sic from as long back as the 18th cen­tury with con­tem­po­rary sounds has earned them rave re­views over the years.

“This was an ex­per­i­men­tal song to find out how our fans would feel if we trans­lated th­ese songs into Se­sotho,” Han­tši told the Week­ender af­ter the show.

“The rea­son for this new ap­proach is that we want them to not only love our songs but to un­der­stand them as well.”

He added that, in light of the au­di­ence’s re­sponse, they would now work on trans­lat­ing “at least 10 songs” ahead of their In­de­pen­dence Day show on 2 Oc­to­ber.

King­dom Clas­sics per­formed 35 songs, in the metic­u­lously choreographed show, that were di­vided into three sets and punc­tu­ated by in­ter­vals. Af­ter each break, the quar­tet would change into dif­fer­ent at­tire re­flect­ing the mood of the new set.

Guest per­form­ers, Ac­capella Mo­ments, also ac­quit­ted them­selves well as they fused their deep voices with a beat­box com­pli­mented by a so­prano sound. They per­formed songs from their re­cently re­leased de­but al­bum, Mo­ment in Time while also in­ter­act­ing with the au­di­ence.

Serumula to per­form clas­si­cal con­cert

King­dom Clas­sics per­form at the Easter/win­ter con­cert at maseru Sun Ca­banas on Sun­day.

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