JOHANNESBURG based Flamed-Grilled Events will host an Open-Mic show for the first time in Lesotho at Rockview Beer Gardens, Maseru, on Saturday 31 March.
This platform will allow artistes to get together and share their skills and talents with the aim to mature and improve their productions.
The show will promote local artistes, particularly the budding artistes to provide exposure and broaden their audiences through various Flamed-Grilled media platforms.
Flamed-Grilled was established in Pretoria by Tsane Media House, which was then based in Pretoria before it last year moved to Johannesburg.
In an interview with XpressPeople, Flamed-Grilled Open-Mic Coordinator, Madkind said, the show was inspired by local talent which was showcased through the social media.
Madkind said since the Flamed-Grilled moved to Johannesburg, they have brought together different artistes talented in different ways.
“Since we relocated to Johannesburg we have worked with various artistes, bringing them together to make their productions better. After seeing Lesotho-based Morena Leraba performing, we thought it best to stretch ourselves to Lesotho, come here and present a much bigger platform to market local talent,” Madkind said.
With the up-and-coming artistes from Lesotho like Morena Leraba, he is confident that there are many performers yet to be discovered in Lesotho.
“We believe Basotho have more to offer, but only lack a good space to showcase their immense talent. We will provide that space for poets, rap artistes, and performers of other genres to improve their artistic abilities. We will also document their work to improve their profiles for marketing,” he said.
Morena Leraba hails from Ha-Mojela in Mafeteng district. Leraba’s music is deeply rooted in the folklore and other stories that are passed on by the older generations
Madkind invited other local artistes to join the event and get the opportunity to showcase their productions.
“We will work towards increasing their visibility, which is a good thing because this could be an opportunity they have been waiting for to penetrate greater heights and to realise their dreams.” Madkind said they have worked with other familiar names in the rap industry including MC Conundrum. “We still hope to foster relations with the likes of Marantha, Pitso Ramakhula and other unknown but promising artistes.”
Mankind said they plan to break-down the borders by visiting and working in other African countries to explore local art industries and tap into the richness of the African talent.