Vo­da­com Su­per­stars re­turns

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela Mo­halenyane Phakela

TLHOKOMELO Sabole went a step fur­ther in her am­bi­tion to com­pete in global beauty pageants as she added the 2015 Miss Deaf Africa ti­tle to her al­ready il­lus­tri­ous re­sume on Satur­day.

Miss Deaf Africa, which was held in Hec­tospruit, Mpumalanga prov­ince in South Africa is an an­nual beauty pageant that be­gan in 2012.

Among its ob­jec­tives is mo­ti­vat­ing and inspiring dis­abled chil­dren to be­lieve in them­selves and not let their dis­abil­ity stand in their way.

The event is also in­tended to high­light cul­tural di­ver­sity, beauty and the po­ten­tial of young deaf women across the African con­ti­nent.

Born in the vil­lage of Qeme Ha Thaabe on the out­skirts of Maseru with a hear­ing and speech im­pair­ment, Sabole has not let the dis­abil­ity stop her from re­al­is­ing her mod­el­ling dream.

Her first foray in pageantry started in 2009 while in high school where she scooped the ti­tle of Miss Bar­timea School for the Deaf and Blind, in Thaba-nchu, and first princess in the same pageant in 2011.

She com­peted in the Miss Deaf Africa 2014 which was held in Sand­ton, South Africa, and walked away with the Sec­ond Princess crown.

In ad­di­tion to her ob­vi­ous beauty and en­chant­ing smile, Sabole also pos­sesses a steely de­ter­mi­na­tion and she re­solved to com­pete again in the con­test for the top crown.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender this week, she at­trib­uted her tri­umph to “pas­sion and com­mit­ment” to her cho­sen craft.

“I prac­tised a lot in prepa­ra­tion for this pageant and I would like to thank my fam­ily, friends, pageant train­ers, sign lan­guage in­ter­preters and non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions that have been sup­port­ing me,” Sabole said, adding that she was not at lib­erty to di­vulge more ac­cord­ing to the stip­u­la­tions of her spon­sors.

How­ever, or­gan­is­ers of the event re­port­edly said the win­ner would spend a month in Cal­i­for­nia, United States where she will be dis­cuss the is­sues and chal­lenges faced by deaf peo­ple. VO­DA­COM Le­sotho (VCL) has upped the ante in the fourth edi­tion of its Vo­da­com Su­per­stars tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tion by not only un­earthing bud­ding mu­sic tal­ent but also of­fer­ing win­ners in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure.

This was re­vealed at a press con­fer­ence the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant held at Le­sotho Sun in Maseru yes­ter­day. Ac­cord­ing to VCL Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Ian Fer­rao, over M1 mil­lion in cash prizes, record­ing with an in­ter­na­tional record la­bel, in­ter­na­tional video and live per­for­mance bookings are up for grabs in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is all about un­leash­ing Ba­sotho’s po­ten­tial as there is vast tal­ent out there that needs to be ex­posed,” said Mr Fer­rao.

“We took a break last year so that we could come back bet­ter, and, judg­ing by the prizes on of­fer this time, it prom­ises to be amaz­ing.

“We have also teamed up with Kalawa Jazmee co-owner, DJ Oskido, to pro­vide ex­po­sure to our win­ners in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.”

He also urged tal­ented Ba­sotho not to shy away but to reg­is­ter for the tal­ent search as “they might be Le­sotho’s next su­per­stars”.

The com­pe­ti­tion is struc­tured into four cat­e­gories; Mu­sic, Dance, Male DJ and Fe­male DJ, with three win­ners to emerge from each of the group­ings.

The top three win­ners in each cat­e­gory will walk away with M70 000, M40 000 and M20 000 re­spec­tively. The first prize win­ner in the mu­sic cat­e­gory will also get a record­ing deal for a sin­gle with Kalawa Jazzmee, while the first prize win­ner in the dance cat­e­gory will also get a Video Fea­ture with the same la­bel.

For the first prize win­ner in the DJ cat­e­gory, VCL has lined up a Book­ing/per­for­mance Deal at a re­gional Kalawa Jazzmee gig.

VCL Mar­ket­ing Spe­cial­ist Seema Tsotetsi said the vot­ing for the contestants would be free this time around.

“We re­alised that in the pre­vi­ous sea­sons not ev­ery con­tes­tant was able to so­licit votes as some of their sup­port­ers could not af­ford it, so this time vot­ing will be free,” said Mr Tsotetsi.

“All the par­tic­i­pants will have to do is con­vince the au­di­ence that they have what it takes to be a Vo­da­com Su­per­star.”

He added that au­di­tions for the com­pe­ti­tion would be held in one dis­trict per re­gion with the North (Leribe), Cen­tral (Maseru), and South (Mohale’s Hoek).

“From 27-28 May, we will hold au­di­tions in Leribe, two weeks later in Mohale’s Hoek and lastly in Maseru af­ter an­other two weeks, with the fi­nal set for Oc­to­ber,” Mr Tso- tetsi said.

“As the pro­gramme will be aired on na­tional tele­vi­sion ev­ery Satur­day by fresh lo­cal tal­ent, we will also hold the male and fe­male pre­sen­ter search on 23-24 May prior to the Su­per­star au­di­tions.”

He fur­ther said that to reg­is­ter for the Vo­da­com Su­per­stars com­pe­ti­tion, as­pir­ing par­tic­i­pants must SMS their name, tal­ent cat­e­gory and zone code to 54066. For Maseru, the zone code is SS1, Leribe SS2 and Mohale’s Hoek SS3 with the reg­is­tra­tion process, which be­gan yes­ter­day, closing on 27 May.

The TV Pre­sen­ter reg­is­tra­tion en­tails send­ing an SMS with the name to 54055 with the reg­is­tra­tion process closing on 20 May.

Dur­ing the launch event, the com­pe­ti­tion’s 2013 win­ners, Ma­pule Mo­siuoa, Yemba Shungu, Se­fako Sa Menoa­neng and Pa­trick Matete col­lab­o­rated in a song thank­ing VCL for mak­ing their dreams a re­al­ity.

TLHOKOMELO Sabole

Vo­da­com Su­per­star 2013 RNB cat­e­gory win­ner ma­pule mo­siuoa per­forms at the launch event yes­ter­day.

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