Political music awards launched
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.