Maseru set for clap n’ tap fi­esta

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

FANS of clap n’ tap mu­sic are in for a treat this week­end with lo­cal en­sem­ble, Balopol­loa Ba Morena, host­ing South African group, Uni­ver­sal Khatisma, at AME hall in Maseru.

Based in SA’S North West Prov­ince, Uni­ver­sal Khatisma is a 102-mem­ber Apos­tolic in Zion church group which was formed in 1993. The group has so far re­leased eight stu­dio al­bums and four DVDS with such no­table of­fer­ings as Moya, Mosadi wa Lota and Alikho Igama.

Ac­cord­ing to Balopol­loa Ba Morena founder, Rev­erend Ben Mos­ala, Uni­ver­sal Khatisma will per­form on Satur­day start­ing at 8pm and Sun­day at 1pm. In ad­di­tion to min­is­ter­ing to their fans in Le­sotho, he said the con­certs would also pro­vide his 93-mem­ber group with in­valu­able ex­po­sure.

“Since Uni­ver­sal Khatisma mem­bers play trum­pets while our group is into clap n’ tap, it will be an op­por­tu­nity to learn some­thing dif­fer­ent,” he said in an in­ter­view this week.

“The con­cert will also ex­pose our group and mu­sic lovers to a dif­fer­ent type of sound.”

Rev­erend Mos­ala added that they would also host an­other SA group this month be­fore shar­ing the stage with clap n’ tap lu­mi­nar­ies in Jo­han­nes­burg next month.

“Vusi and the Mighty Singers, from Shawelo in South Africa, will also grace us with their pres­ence on 28 and 29 Novem­ber, with our fi­nal show on 5 De­cem­ber,” he said.

“As the am­bas­sadors of clap n’ tap mu­sic in Le­sotho, my group will share the stage with other South African clap n’ tap groups such as Jerusalema e Ncha and Baror­isi Ba Morena at a fes­ti­val to be held in Soweto.”

On his part, Uni­ver­sal Khatisma leader Bishop Qaba said Ba­sotho should ex­pect to be “swept off their feet and lifted higher to the heav­ens” dur­ing the con­cert.

“We have al­ready per­formed in Swazi­land and Botswana, but this will be our first time in Le­sotho. Our group is very much look­ing for­ward to the fi­esta and we are rar­ing to give our all to gospel mu­sic lovers in Le­sotho,” he said.

“Clap n’ tap is a spir­i­tual and ed­i­fy­ing type of mu­sic which also serves the pur­pose of en­ter­tain­ing apos­tolic be­liev­ers. Ba­sotho should ex­pect a mind blow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause of our en­er­getic per­for­mances and unique style.”

Lo­cal groups, Baru­toana ba Morena and Naleli ea Boph­elo, are also billed to per­form dur­ing the show.

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