Vo­da­com Su­per­stars ends on a high note

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE cur­tain fi­nally fell down on the fourth edi­tion of the Vo­da­com Su­per­stars with a high-oc­tane fi­nale held on Satur­day at the Maseru Cen­tral Park.

Launched in May this year, the fourth in­stal­ment of the tal­ent search saw scores of Ba­sotho au­di­tion for the pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion. The con­tes­tants were then nar­rowed down to the top three fi­nal­ists in the mu­sic, dance, as well as male and fe­male dee­jays cat­e­gories. The top three win­ners in each cat­e­gory walked away with M70 000, while the run­ner-up scooped M40 000 and thirdplace took home M20 000.

Dur­ing the fi­nale, which was also graced by South Africa’s DJ Zinhle, Uhuru and leg­endary DJ and pro­ducer Oskido, the con­tenders were given the last op­por­tu­nity to sway the judges by per­form­ing be­fore the throngs of rev­ellers in at­ten­dance.

In the mu­sic cat­e­gory, rap­per L-tore clinched the top spot, with rap­per Muh­jestik Thamae and singers Keke and Rapelang notch­ing the sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively. L-tore will also get a record­ing deal for a sin­gle with Oskido’s Kalawa Jazzmee record la­bel.

The win­ner in the dance cat­e­gory was Con­verse He­roes at the ex­pense of sec­ond and third run­ners-up An­gel Ja­son as well as Keke and Hadebe. Con­verse He­roes will also get a Video Fea­ture with the same la­bel. DJ Li­nah tri­umphed in the fe­male DJ cat­e­gory with El’ Asla and DJ Pa­lyce­tra com­ing sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Six­teen-year-old DJ Vesta was the tal­ent search’s youngest win­ner in the male dee­jay cat­e­gory with Afrodj and Tšelisodj com­ing sec­ond and third re­spec­tively. The win­ning dee­jays in the male and fe­male also won the op­por­tu­nity to per­form along­side DJ Oskido in two gigs he will be hold­ing in South Africa this fes­tive sea­son.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Week­ender af­ter the fi­nale, DJ Vesta said he never thought he would pre­vail against the prom­i­nent dee­jays he was up against, adding that he had learnt the les­son that hard work pays.

“This is a life-chang­ing op­por­tu­nity I have been given which will de­velop my skills even more thanks to Vo­da­com Le­sotho. I still can­not be­lieve that I won,” said DJ Vesta whose real name is Katiso Se­mat­lane.

“I thank ev­ery­one who came to sup­port me to­day. I was so touched and felt so hum­bled with the sup­port I re­ceived when I went onto the stage, and from those who were wear­ing #Teamvesta t-shirts.”

The Form E stu­dent at Mach­abeng Col­lege said he would re­turn the favour of the sup­port by ap­ply­ing him­self to the best of his abil­ity.

“I have ac­tu­ally re­alised that a lot of Ba­sotho ap­pre­ci­ate what I do. And what I can say to Ba­sotho is that be­lieve in me and I will keep on mak­ing you proud. Win­ning does not mean I have made it, but is a step closer to­wards re­al­is­ing my dream of be­ing an in­ter­na­tional DJ,” he said.

“Be­ing a DJ started as a hobby for me but this com­pe­ti­tion has changed that. As from to­day, I now re­gard it as my ca­reer. I also in­tend to pur­sue a mar­ket­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion so that I am able to man­age and mar­ket my­self as a brand.”

Con­tacted for com­ment, L-tore said he was sur­prised but elated to win the top spot.

“This com­pe­ti­tion was very tight. Muh­jestik is a good rap­per while Keke and Rapelang can sing very well. I be­lieve my stage pres­ence and en­ergy gave me edge over them,” he said.

“I want to thank Vo­da­com for this op­por­tu­nity be­cause record­ing a song with Oskido will surely open doors for me in South Africa.”

One of the com­pe­ti­tion’s judges and the 2013 edi­tion win­ner, Pa­trick Matete, said choos­ing the win­ners was not an easy task since there were a lot of ta­lented per­form­ers.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was very stiff be­cause the fi­nal­ists were very pro­fi­cient in their dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. It was only in the dance cat­e­gory where the top per­form­ers stood out from the rest,” said Matete.

“How­ever, it was also ev­i­dent that there is still a lot of room for im­prove­ment for all the fi­nal­ists. So, I am hop­ing that they will work to sharpen their skills. I urge those who did not win not to de­spair but to work harder to en­sure they make the grade next time.”

DJ LI­NAH En­ter­tains THE Crowd.

DANCERS KEKE (left) AND HADEBE show­case THEIR skills Dur­ing THE VO­DA­COM Su­per­stars fi­nale on Satur­day.

VO­DA­COM Su­per­stars mu­sic Cat­e­gory win­ner L-TORE.

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