Choir hon­ours sup­port­ers

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

CLAP and Tap en­sem­ble, Balopol­loa Ba Morena, held a black tie gala din­ner at AME Hall on Satur­day to hon­our in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions that con­trib­uted to the group’s de­vel­op­ment as well as to launch their CD and DVD combo.

The in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional Maseru-based gospel group was formed in 2014 with a man­date to pro­mote the Clap and Tap genre. It has since held a num­ber of events, and hosted South African groups such as Univer­sal Khatisma and Mighty Singers among oth­ers.

The red car­pet event was at­tended by such dig­ni­taries as Malin­goa­neng Mem­ber of Palia­ment, Se­ri­a­long Qoo, Maseru Town Clerk Man­tai Phaila, Vusi Hadebe from the Soweto-based Mighty Singers and mem­bers of the North West Clap and Tap As­so­ci­a­tion.

The cold weather and rain did not dampen the pas­sion of the Clap and Tap afi­ciona­dos, with the Maseru-based hall packed to the rafters. The de­but al­bum, Tlo­hong Ba Heso, which was be­ing launched to­gether with the DVD, fea­tures such tunes as We Bless Your Name, Ea Itšpelang, Oena Morena and Ntho Tsohle among oth­ers.

Apart from Balopol­loa Ba Morena, such gospel acts as Ma­jara, Sen­tšo, Ler­ato La Bol­umeli and AFC Brass Band en­ter­tained the crowd, while co­me­dian, Bofihla Neko, left the au­di­ence in stitches as the MC.

Ac­cord­ing to Balopol­loa Ba Morena founder, Rev­erend Ben Mos­ala, the event was meant to ac­knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­ate peo­ple who have as­sisted the group to get to where it now is. Among the re­cip­i­ents of the cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion were the likes of for­mer Com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Se­libe Mo­choboroane who af­forded the group a plat­form on na­tional ra­dio and tele­vi­sion, Phaila for her sup­port and at­ten­dance of the group’s shows. Re­porters from var­i­ous me­dia houses, in­clud­ing the Le­sotho Times, were also rec­og­nized for their cov­er­age of Clap and Tap mu­sic.

The rev­erend said he was men­tored in Clap and Tap mu­sic by his fa­ther, Tefo Mos­ala.

“I also pay homage to peo­ple like Mpho Mokotso, Tefo Lekoro and Moruti Mo­jak­isane for the mo­ti­va­tion they gave me,” he said.

“Balopol­loa Ba Morena is now two years and five months old and we would not be here if it was not for some peo­ple who as­sisted us along the way.”

Rev Mos­ala said many peo­ple con­trib­uted in var­i­ous way, adding that Balopol­loa Ba Morena was not con­signed to one de­nom­i­na­tion.

“The group does not be­long to any church since it is made up of mem­bers of dif­fer­ent churches. and it is a good ini­tia­tive that is pi­o­neer­ing to­wards the growth of Clap and Tap in the coun­try,” he said.

LER­ATO La Bol­umeli per­form dur­ing the gala Din­ner held at AME hall.

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