Dream come true for L-tore

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

Vo­da­com Su­per­stars 2015 mu­sic cat­e­gory win­ner, L-tore, sang the praises of the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant on Tues­day dur­ing his sent off to Jo­han­nes­burg to record at oskido’s Kalawa Jazzmee record la­bel.

L-tore won the top prize in the fourth edi­tion of the Vo­da­com Su­per­stars tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tion held on 10 oc­to­ber 2015. In ad­di­tion to the cash prize of M70 000, the rap­per also won the op­por­tu­nity to record a sin­gle with South african pro­ducer oskido at his Midrand stu­dio. He was sched­uled to spend two days work­ing on the track and re­turn home to­mor­row.

In an in­ter­view with the Week­ender at Moshoeshoe I In­ter­na­tional air­port ahead of his flight to OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port, he said Vo­da­com Le­sotho (VCL) had af­forded him “an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time”.

ac­cord­ing to L-tore, who was born Lerato Leteka, VCL had given him an op­por­tu­nity he had al­ways yearned for, but seemed im­pos­si­ble due to re­source con­straints.

“I don’t think most peo­ple un­der­stand what Vo­da­com has done for me or what they are try­ing to do for Ba­sotho artists. I am ex­cited but still as­tounded by the fact that I am close to achiev­ing my dream. Work­ing with oskido will be the best ex­pe­ri­ence ever,” he said.

“I have al­ways dreamt of mak­ing in­roads in the South african mu­sic mar­ket since our industry in Le­sotho has not de­vel­oped enough in terms of giv­ing artists their dues.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the work Vo­da­com is do­ing, and would not hes­i­tate to work with them any time since they have given me the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time.”

L-tore said he would do his ut­most to im­press dur­ing the record­ing ses­sions to en­sure the sin­gle he is set to record would re­sult in a full record­ing deal.

“oskido is a leg­end when it comes to mu­sic. He has dis­cov­ered a lot of pop­u­lar South african artists such as Boom Shaka and Ma­hoota,” he said.

“So, I will be bring­ing my a game to en­sure the track be­comes a hit which would then com­pel oskido to of­fer me a record­ing deal.”

asked whether he al­ready had an idea of what the track would sound like, L-tore said: “We will start work­ing on the track to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day) with oskido. I don’t know what to ex­pect, but I am a ver­sa­tile per­son who can ride any beat.

“Be­sides, I have a bit of knowl­edge about the type of Hip Hop Kalawa Jazmee pro­duces based on the out­put of its prom­i­nent ex­po­nents such as ab Crazy and Vetkuk Vs Ma­hoota.”

on his part, VCL Mar­ket­ing Spe­cial­ist, Seema Tsotetsi, said there was a lot in store

for L-tore apart from the cash prize and record­ing deal.

“This record­ing deal is just a step­ping stone for L-tore to get his name out there in South africa,” he said.

“It is up to him to en­sure that he cre­ates con­nec­tions that will boost his ca­reer in the three days he will spend at Kalawa Jazmee Records.

“We are ex­pect­ing the track to be per­formed at this year’s edi­tion of the Vo­da­com Summa Feva on 18 de­cem­ber 2015.”

He said ne­go­ti­a­tions were on­go­ing be­tween VCL and Vo­da­com op­er­a­tions in other african coun­tries about fos­ter­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween artists. Vo­da­com is op­er­a­tional in over 40 coun­tries across the african con­ti­nent.

“The rea­son for this ini­tia­tive is that since the other Vo­da­com op­er­a­tions also have com­pe­ti­tions of this na­ture, we want to cre­ate a plat­form where the win­ners can share the stage or even work on joint projects. If our de­lib­er­a­tions go as planned, L-tore will per­form at an event in the demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo, cour­tesy of Vo­da­com, be­fore the end of this year,” said Mr Tsotetsi.

He said L-tore would also per­form at var­i­ous VCL func­tions and fea­ture in some of their up­com­ing cam­paigns.

Mr Tsotetsi added that Vo­da­com Su­per­stars 2015 dance cat­e­gory win­ners, Con­verse He­roes, would also per­form in a top mu­sic video “some­time next month” since the dates are yet to be con­firmed. Mean­while, the male and fe­male dj cat­e­gory win­ners, Vesta and Li­nah, are set to join oskido on his South african tour which starts on 20 de­cem­ber 2015.

L-TORE boards the flight to Jo­han­nes­burg on Tues­day.

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