Po­lit­i­cal mu­sic awards launched

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Lim­phoLim Sello

SP SPORTS-MAN­AGE­MENT firm, S Sports 24/7 Le­sotho, has or­gan­ised a Po­lit­i­cal Song of the Year awards co con­cert that is meant to pro­mote u unity and sol­i­dar­ity among Ba­sotho. Slated for 1 May 2016 at the Centr tral Park in Maseru, the event will be held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with mu­si­cian cians from the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (AB (ABC), Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP), Les Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LC (LCD), Demo­cratic Congress (DC) and Re Re­formed Ad­dress­ing Con­gressa press­for Le­sotho brief­ing (RCL).this week week, Sports 24/7 Le­sotho Di­rec­tor Limp Lim­pho Mahula said the awards show was m meant to fos­ter peace and po­lit­i­cal tol­era tol­er­ance in the country. “Th “The in­au­gu­ral Po­lit­i­cal Song of the Year awards con­cert will be held on May Day, which will be an op­por­tu­nity for Ba­sot Ba­sotho to demon­strate their pas­sion and d ded­i­ca­tion to­wards peace, pros­per­ity an and unity re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­filia af­fil­i­a­tion,” he said. Th The SMS vot­ing process, Mahula said, be­gan on 7 March un­til 30 April with the win­ning song to be de­cided by the pub­lic. The first prize elic­its a M5 000 and a tro­phy, sec­ond prize: M3 000 and a tro­phy, third prize: M2 500 and a tro­phy, fourth prize M1 500 and a tro­phy and fifth prize: 1 000 and a tro­phy.

“The songs in the run­ning for the award don’t con­tain pro­fane lan­guage or hate speech be­cause we want to pro­mote peace,” he said.

“We have de­signed T-shirts that would be worn dur­ing the con­cert be­cause we don’t want at­ten­dees to wear po­lit­i­cal party colours.

“We want to look the same so that ev­ery­one can come with­out fear­ing for their safety be­cause of their party af­fil­i­a­tion.”

In his re­marks, DC rep­re­sen­ta­tive Moloi Nt­soele lauded the ini­tia­tive, say­ing mu­sic can be used to cre­ate peace or disharmony in a so­ci­ety.

“While we have con­flict­ing views as po­lit­i­cal par­ties, we should not fo­cus on such is­sues but unite through mu­sic since we are one na­tion,” he said.

“This year, we are cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of in­de­pen­dence and it is dis­con­cert­ing to note that other coun­tries had made more progress at that mile­stone, and we still lag­ging be­hind be­cause of putting con­flict at the fore­front in­stead of unity.”

ABC Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Sa­monyane Nt­sekele echoed the sen­ti­ment by thank­ing Sports 24/7 Le­sotho for com­ing up with the event.

“I wish this project all the suc­cess and, hope­fully, it will bear fruit­ful out­comes. It is very painful to see peo­ple die time and again be­cause of po­lit­i­cal­ly­mo­ti­vated vi­o­lence,” Nt­sekele said.

“Mu­sic re­laxes peo­ple when they are happy and when they are sad be­cause we

fa even re­mem­ber peo­ple through songs.” To vote: For an ABC song, sms AB01_NAME OF THE SONG to 32020 For DC sms DC03_NAME OF THE SONG to 32020 For BNP sms BN02_NAME OF THE SONG to 32020 For LCD sms LC04_NAME OF THE SONG to 32020 For RCL sms RC05_NAME OF THE SONG to 32020 The text mes­sage must be in cap­i­tal let­ters.

se­bili (cen­tre) and his group per­form dur­ing an abc rally - File pic.

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