Clap n’ tap group set for Maseru

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SOUTH African clap n’ tap pioneers, Barorise Ba Morena, are set to per­form in Le­sotho on 1 Novem­ber 2015.

Formed in 1965 in the sprawl­ing town­ship of Soweto, Barorise Ba Morena has 26 al­bums un­der its belt. Its mem­ber­ship ex­clu­sively con­sists of mem­bers of the St Ja­cobs Saviours Church.

The renowned group will per­form along­side lo­cal choirs Bakhethilo­eng Ke Morena and Lerato La Bol­umeli at Le­sotho Wool and Mo­hair Hall in Moshoeshoe II.

The show has been or­gan­ised by Taelo Pali of en­ter­tain­ment out­fit Made2rok Events Man­age­ment.

Pali told the Week­ender this week that the con­cert was meant to up­lift clap n’ tap gospel mu­sic in the coun­try.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of clap n’ tap mu­sic has de­clined in Le­sotho com­pared to its for­mer glory in the 1990s. Baror­isi Ba Morena is among the great­est groups of this genre and the first ever to record clap n’ tap mu­sic. So, I be­lieve it will help re­vive clap n’ tap mu­sic in the Moun­tain King­dom,” he said.

“As a mem­ber of St Ja­cobs Saviours Church my­self, I have been a great fol­lower of the leg­endary group. It was, there­fore, only be­fit­ting for me to in­vite them to Le­sotho as they are also cel­e­brat­ing their Golden Ju­bilee af­ter 50 years in min­istry.

“It is one of a few groups whose mu­sic com­forts my soul, re­vives my spirit and draws me closer to God.

“Hope­fully, they will do the same with the au­di­ence in Le­sotho.”

Pali said plans were afoot to make the event a reg­u­lar fea­ture on the en­ter­tain­ment scene, which would fea­ture var­i­ous clap n’ tap groups from Le­sotho and South Africa. Dur­ing the shows, he said, clap n’ tap groups would com­pete in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories.

“I, to­gether with the team I am work­ing with, am en­vi­sion­ing a clap n’ tap com­pe­ti­tion which would be held on an an­nual ba­sis to pro­mote the genre in the coun­try,” said Pali.

CLAP n’ tap pioneers Barorise Ba Morena.

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