Choral shows to honour legends
THE Choral Music Federation of Lesotho (CMFL) is set to honour the legacy of acclaimed composer, J P Mohapeloa, and celebrate the role of women in choral music in two shows to be held next month.
According to CMFL spokesperson, Sitsane Letsie, they will commemorate the life of the late Mohapeloa with a show on 7 August.
Joshua Polumo Mohapeloa (19081982) is regarded as Lesotho’s foremost composer and choral master. Born in Mokhotlong district in the then Basutoland, Mohapeloa harnessed his creative energies over a career spanning decades by compos- ing song books.
Over a hundred of Mohapeloa’s songs were published in book or pamphlet form. His music has over the years been popularly enjoyed by adult and youth choirs in concerts and competitions, as well as on radio and television.
His work was recognised by Queen Elizabeth II of England, who awarded him the honour of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
The Kingdom of Lesotho also awarded Mohapeloa the Knighthood of the Order of Ramatšeatsana, while the National University of Lesotho also awarded him a Doctorate of Letters.
Mohapeloa also composed the anthem of the then Organisation of African Unity.
“Choral group, Mohapeloa Singers, will have a performance night on 7 August at Lesotho Sun Hotel to celebrate the life of the late Ntate J P Mohapeloa who is one of the greatest composers that we have ever had,” said Letsie.
“Furthermore, CMFL in collaboration with the department of gender and Women in Law Society, will host a Women’s Classic Dinner on 28 August at a local hotel.
“August is women’s month, and as CMFL we want to celebrate the talents women in choral music have and showcase how that talent can be harnessed to be of benefit to them.”
He added that the show would also feature solo performances by
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In the opening of Genisys, Schwarzenegger’s aging Terminator women from different choral groups and those who auditioned last weekend.
“This will be the first event of many which will be held on an annual basis,” Letsie said.
“It is meant to make women in this country’s choral circles feel appreciated and to encourage young ladies also to join.”
Since there is no month exclusively dedicated to men, Letsie further noted, the federation was still weighing its options on holding a similar event for them.
“The ultimate aim behind all the events is to raise the profile of choral music in the country and beyond,” he said.
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ARNOLD Schwarzenegger poses with a Terminator replica at the premiere of Terminator Genisys in Hollywood, California last Tuesday.