THE president of the newly-established Clap and Tap Association of Lesotho, Reverend Ben Mosala, says the grouping’s mandate is to promote the genre and take it to greater heights.
The association was formed last weekend in Maseru and consists of 22 groups from around the country. Its 13-member board is chaired by Tota Mohlominyane, who is deputised by Mpolai Tšabeng, Gladys Shao is the secretary, assisted by Matumisang Mofoka, while the marketing manager is Thabo Moeti, fundraising manager Matlali Lesia, legal officer Mzamane Mpopo, treasurer Thabitha Matseleng, organiser Mosala Retšelisitsoe, public relations officer Motlalepula Mahapane and technical advisors Thato Maqacha and Sipho Ramalitse.
Rev Mosala, who is also the founder of the clap and tap ensemble Ballopolloa Ba Morena, told Xpress People this past week the association was formed to alleviate the challenges they were facing as individual groups.
“The biggest challenge clap and tap groups face is limited prospects for development due to lack of sponsors. As individual groups, we have been unable to attract sponsorship from the corporate sector or to make viable proposals to financial institutions,” he said.
“Over the years, we held low-profile shows as individual groups but failed to reach the heights we aspired for because we did not have the financial resources to make them big.
“A committee or representative board shows that we are a serious genre and also makes it easy to map out and execute plans for its development.”
Rev Mosala said a training workshop was also held during the launch ceremony which was facilitated by award-winning South African vocalist, Jack Monare, from the North West province-based clap and tap group, New Spiritual.
“During the seminar, we discovered two groups from Leribe. Our aim is to hold shows in all the country’s 10 districts to engage all the clap and tap groups since the majority of the ones we know are based in Maseru,” he said.
“After the national tour we will hold a clap and tap tournament which will also include sporting activities. The aim of the event would be to foster unity and mutual friendship among clap and tap choirs around the country.”