Lesotho Times

Dance fest unearths raw talent

By Mohalenyane Phakela

MASERU — Winners of the recent Vodacom Superstar dance competition, KTA Revolution, held a talent show last Saturday at Khubetsoana Hall.

The event was organised to help get the youth off the streets by giving them a platform to showcase their different talents.

Participants did not disappoint as they showed up in large numbers and put up a sterling performance on the stage, much to the delight of the adoring crowd.

The acts included different types of dance, theatre drama, poetry and song.

Speaking to the Weekender at the show, the leader of KTA Revolution, Teboho Mohapi, said their mission is to uplift talent in the country.

“There is so much talent in this country that needs exposure but there isn’t much being done to appreciate it,” said Mohapi.

“Our youth end up on the streets and once their minds become idle they tend to engage in drugs which lead them to committing crime to sustain their addictions.

“We believe this initiative will work as an escape mechanism from the challenges they face,” he added.

Mohapi further stated that it has always been the group’s dream to have a dance academy to groom the youth in their art craft and they had Vodacom to thank for making their dream a reality.

“The money that we won from the Vodacom competition has played a crucial role in putting our plans into action,” chipped in Tšepang Raphuthing, one of the group members.

“The idea was generated when we started dancing as a group in February last year, but the community never took us seriously because we had nothing to show for it. We did not have necessities like a sound system, a venue or attire. With the money we won (at the Vodacom Superstar dance competition), we are now able to cover all these basic needs.

“We are grateful for the support we are getting and also thank parents for allowing their children to take part in today’s show.

“We hope it will grow and that the acts that participate will get the exposure they need.”

KTA Revolution comprises five members: Teboho Mohapi, Tšepang Raphuthing, Tumelo Kabi, Thabiso Mokone and Malape Ramochele.

The group’s members were drawn from the Khubetsoana traditional dance academy and Endco Theatre Group.

 

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