Clap n’ tap groups promise fireworks

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Mohalenyane Phakela

SOUTH African clap n’ tap pioneers, Barorise Ba Morena, have promised to bring the house down during their performance at Lesotho Wool and Mohair Hall in Moshoeshoe II on Sunday.

The Soweto-based troupe is set to share the stage with local choirs Bakhethiloeng Ke Morena and Lerato La Bolumeli in a show organised by Taelo Pali of entertainment outfit Made2Rok Events Management.

Barorisi Ba Morena spokesperson, Lucky Tlou told the Weekender this week that they would come to Lesotho “fully charged up”.

“Nowadays, less and less people attend church services and a lot of them have turned against God, so we will be using our music to revive the backslidden and win back lost souls because we cannot allow the devil to win this war,” he said from his base in Soweto.

Tlou said clap n’ tap music lovers should expect a lot more from their repertoire during the performance since only two other groups were lined up.

“During our last performance in Lesotho, at the National Convention Centre in 2013, we shared the stage with many groups and could not perform for a long time,” he said.

“But since we are only three groups, this time around, fans should expect songs from the 28 albums under our belt, including new material which will be released soon.”

Formed in 1965, Barorisi Ba Morena’s membership exclusively consists of St Jacobs Saviours Church congregants.

Contacted for comment, representatives of Bakhethiloeng Ke Morena and Lerato La Bolumeli said they were also looking forward to sharing the stage with the clap n’ tap trailblazers.

“Barorisi Ba Morena is a very powerful group which we feel privileged to share the stage with once again,” said Khalala Lerotholi of Bakhethiloeng Ke Morena, adding that they would perform tracks from their debut album which will be released in December.

“We have improved our performances since our last meeting, so they should expect a more polished performance from us, especially from our lead singers.”

Mpolai Tsabeng of Lerato la Bolumeli also chipped in saying: “Before we performed alongside Barorisi Ba Morena, we did not know how to thrill audiences.

“But since the 2013 show, we have worked hard to improve our stage presence and song delivery. Barorisi Ba Morena should expect a powerful performance from us unlike before.”

Bakhethiloeng Ke Morena was formed 14 years ago and is made up of 78 members while 22-member Lerato La Bolumeli was formed in 1993 and already has two albums to its name.

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