Choir honours supporters
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.