Political music awards beckon

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Mohalenyane Phakela

THE political music awards which have been in the pipeline since 2015 will finally be held on Saturday in Maseru Central Park with each group set to receive M10 000 prize money.

Sports 24/7 Lesotho launched the initiative in 2015 with the aim of fostering unity among followers of different political parties as well as rewarding the makers of political music.

Speaking to the Weekender this week on behalf of the organisers, Taelo said they were excited to finally host the awards.

“Initially, we wanted the awards to foster peace among different political parties but we also realised that political musicians play a major role in promoting their parties but to dot get enough support as they are only celebrated during rallies,” Ntsokotsane said.

“This is an attempt to recognise their efforts and promote their music so that like other musicians they can earn a living from their talents.

“We have invited every political singing group regardless of the party affiliation and so far only three have confirmed their participation.

We intend to award each participating group M10 000 to promote it.”

Ntsokotsane said they raised the money from people of goodwill and through ticket sales.

He said they hoped to attract sponsors to make next year’s event even bigger.

“We raised some of the funds through ticket sales and tickets are still available at Computicket for M50. Tickets are customised for different parties so people will be able to buy tickets that bear their party name,” he said, adding that people could come dressed in party regalia.

“We have also employed 25 ushers from each political party who will work closely with our staff to ensure there is order. We will also have private security at the venue with the police also invited to oversee stability,” he said.

 

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