Heart Break­ers dare to dream

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

FOR most en­ter­tain­ers in Le­sotho, earn­ing a liv­ing through their craft is a far­fetched dream given the un­re­ward­ing na­ture of the mar­ket.

How­ever, pop­u­lar dance troupe Heart Break­ers ( pic­tured) have man­aged to buck the trend by be­com­ing one of the most sought af­ter acts in the coun­try due to their scin­til­lat­ing dance moves.

The all-male trio con­sists of Motikoe “Gu­luva” Leina, Molemo “Lemza” Sekate and Katello “Konkozy” Sello. With their rou­tines, which con­sist of tra­di­tional, Hip Hop, Pantsula and Sbu­jwa, the Heart Break­ers stand out among other dancers since they don’t fo­cus on a sin­gle dance style.

As a re­sult of their flex­i­bil­ity, the Mazenod-based trio is able to per­form at var­i­ous func­tions such as cor­po­rate events and pub­lic shows around the coun­try.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Lemza the Heart Break­ers’ be­gin­nings were far from plain sail­ing as they only made head­way five years af­ter the group was formed.

“We were ini­tially five when we started in 2009, and it was all about hav­ing fun back then. How­ever, in 2014 the other two mem­bers left the group as they were still in high school while the three of us had com­pleted our Form E,” he said.

“We landed our first ma­jor con­tract in 2014 from Econet Tele­com Le­sotho when the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany was in­tro­duc­ing its Spache Fono prod­uct. That marked our ca­reer break as the com­pany en­gages us in all their cam­paigns.

“We have also worked with such com­pa­nies such as Mass 24.6 Me­dia and Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank which we are still work­ing with to­day.”

Lemza said they drew in­spi­ra­tion to pur­sue dance as a full-time ca­reer from South African rap­per Cassper Ny­ovest.

“We de­cided to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing our craft since it was pay­ing the bills. We are greatly in­spired by Cassper as he is a high school dropout but is mak­ing a lot of money through his tal­ent. So, like him, we will make it,” he said.

“Our goal is to per­form in dif­fer­ent coun­tries since we have al­ready made a name for our­selves here at home. We also as­pire to work with (South African pop­u­lar House duo) Black Mo­tion.”

The se­cret to the group’s suc­cess, Lemza said, was con­stant prac­tice and de­vel­op­ment.

“We con­sider dance as our day job, so we prac­tice from 1pm to 5pm ev­ery day ex­cept Sun­days. What keeps us to­gether is a cando at­ti­tude. We re­gard ev­ery prob­lem as an ob­sta­cle that needs to be over­come,” he said.

“My en­cour­age­ment to up-and-com­ing dancers is for them to be pas­sion­ate about their craft and be­lieve in them­selves. Dance is not as eas­ily mar­ketable as mu­sic here in Le­sotho.

“We can­not make use of ra­dio sta­tions to mar­ket our­selves as mu­si­cians do, and it is also not easy to get booked at var­i­ous events as pro­mot­ers fo­cus mostly on mu­sic. It takes a lot of pa­tience and ded­i­ca­tion to be rec­og­nized in Le­sotho.”

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