THE National University of Lesotho (NUL) performance arts association, Artillects will treat students to a day of melodies with songstress, Leomile, in attendance at the Netherlands Hall in Roma on Friday.
This performance will see poets, dancers, musicians, rappers, vocalists being offered a platform to showcase their talent.
Artillects is a group of intellectuals with love for art that exist and operate within the laws of NUL.
In an interview with Xpress people, Artillects coordinator Tumelo Phatela said they were a finite group of students from different backgrounds, artfully conveying different talents.
He said they were creating a platform to develop art talent and promote performances as a way of life.
Phatela said Friday night with Leomile would be the first event that all performance artistes would be sharing a stage.
“We usually host an open mic session every last Friday of the month, but this is the first event of its sort,” Phatela said, promising the event would enable all performances by arts lovers to connect and understand music as art.
“People always groove, but at this event, we will be grooving differently,” he said.
He said art should be about expressing one’s feelings rather than just noise; which sometimes it is.
Phatela said they intend to make people remember the reason they fell in love with art in the first place, adding that they brought songstress Leomile to inspire other artistes to work harder at their craft.
“We chose Leomile for this event because she is one of the few artistes who are making a living out of their craft,” he said adding this was a way of encouraging a mindset shift into considering arts a means of employment instead of a hobby.
Leomile is a Lesotho born singer and songwriter who has captivated audiences with her melodic Sesotho harmonies and unique blend of traditional fused modern sound.
Her lyrical musings over identity and womanhood are honest yet charged with idealism and hope. Occasionally reverting to spoken word to attention this soulful songstress is a novel and refreshing musical offering.
Leomile took airwaves by storm both locally and abroad when she released Lerato le Felile, a track about the philosophy of letting go.
The song was also nominated for the Song of the Year award at last year’s Ultimate Music Awards while the album Likhomo was nominated for the Best Newcomer and Best International Breakthrough.
The sphere of Afro fusion (with heavy influences of soul and jazz) is where Leomile’s music mainly resides.
Phatela said the event will be infused with different performances such as poetry by Lerato Majara.