Choral shows to hon­our le­gends

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

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

LOS AN­GE­LES — Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger may be older but that does not stop him from de­stroy­ing his younger self, as the for­mer gover­nor of Cal­i­for­nia re­turns to one of his most rec­og­niz­able roles in Ter­mi­na­tor: Genisys.

The film, out in United States the­atres on Wed­nes­day, opens a new chap­ter for the Ter­mi­na­tor fran­chise, with a slew of new cast mem­bers join­ing Sch­warzeneg­ger, in­clud­ing Game of Thrones ac­tress Emilia Clarke and Di­ver­gent star Jai Court­ney.

The story fol­lows re­sis­tance fighter Kyle Reese (Court­ney) trav­el­ling back in time to 1984, the year of the first Ter­mi­na­tor film, to save Sarah Con­nor (Clarke) from a cy­borg hu­manoid as­sas­sin, the Ter­mi­na­tor. But he soon finds the events of the past have al­ready been al­tered, tak­ing him and Con­nor on a new mis­sion to fight the killer ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence en­tity Skynet, with help from Sch­warzeneg­ger’s older, greyer Ter­mi­na­tor, Con­nor’s pro­tec­tor.

“I said I’d be de­lighted to play the Ter­mi­na­tor again, es­pe­cially af­ter 30 years of hav­ing starred in the first one, but we have to have a great story and a great script oth­er­wise it won’t work,” Sch­warzeneg­ger (67) told Reuters.

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.

comes face to face with his Ter­mi­na­tor from 31 years ago. Thanks to spe­cial ef­fects trick­ery, the two en­gage in a fight as a tongue-in-cheek throw­back.

“It’s very easy to un­der­es­ti­mate what he’s do­ing with that char­ac­ter and what he’s done through­out this en­tire fran­chise, be­cause we see he’s a ma­chine, so there’s a rigid­ity to it, but its very care­fully crafted,” said Court­ney.

Vi­a­com Inc-owned Para­mount Pic­tures’ Genisys was made for $155 mil­lion and is pro­jected by Boxof­ to open with $28 mil­lion in US and Cana­dian the­atres this week­end.

For Clarke, play­ing out Sarah’s fa­ther-daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship with the Ter­mi­na­tor al­lowed Sch­warzeneg­ger to bring some­thing new to his now iconic role.

“He’s brought new wis­dom, new ex­pe­ri­ence, a new sen­si­tiv­ity to the role that he is repris­ing of him­self,” she said.

Court­ney said he found a new way to ap­proach Kyle Reese.

“We were re­ally in­ter­ested in find­ing the vul­ner­a­bil­ity with that char­ac­ter, and there’s great re­la­tion­ships to ex­plore, not only with his fas­ci­na­tion with re­gards to Sarah and his re­spon­si­bil­ity to her,” he said.

“You’ve got this very in­ter­est­ing, twisted fam­ily world.” — Reuters

ARNOLD Sch­warzeneg­ger poses with a Ter­mi­na­tor replica at the pre­miere of Ter­mi­na­tor Genisys in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia last Tues­day.

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