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Accapella Moments start southern region tour


AcapellaMohalenyane Phakela

UP-AND-COMING all-male group, Accapella Moments, are set to kick off their tour of the southern region today at St Gerard Hall in Mafeteng.

Accapella Moments is an eight-member a cappella group consisting of Retselisitsoe Mosaase, Bokang Monyamane, Masapo Mpiti, Lisema Mapetla, Bochabela Eric Mohlehle Letsie, Thabisang Mofammere, Thulane Babeli as well as the on and off duo of Septee Ntšonyane and David Motebang.

Formed in 2009, the gospel group is mostly known for its unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic a cappella style. Their musical output is inspired by the way church hymns are sung without the aid of musical instruments.

Over the years, Accapella Moments has shared the stage with another popular gospel outfit, Kingdom Classics, and performed at a number of social gatherings.

According to Mofammere, the positive reception to their recently released debut album Moment in Time prompted the group to undertake the tour.

“Since the Moment in Time launch, we have been receiving positive responses from fans around Maseru,” he said.

“We also received requests via Facebook from fans in the country’s different districts for us to perform there since they wanted to hear our sound live.”

The 16-track album has something for everyone; from comforting hymns to joyous songs. It consists of contemporary a cappella songs with the exciting twist of beat-boxing, rap and harmonic melodies. It also features renditions of old hymns such as Besuka and Ke Se Ke Utloile, as well as the group’s  own composition, A Song For You, in which every member tells his love story, is dedicated to someone special in their lives.

Moment in Time describes Accapella Moments in its essence, from inception to becoming a family up to this very moment, which is our time to shine. Our mission is to expose a ccapella to audiences used only to such genres as Hip Hop, RnB and Jazz which are popular within our vicinity,” Mofammere said.

He added that the tour was starting in Mafeteng in response to public demand for their return after their performance during a Catholic Mass two weeks ago.

“We had actually planned to start our tour earlier but our biggest challenge is the various commitments we all have such as school and work,” noted Mofammere.

“Music is a hobby for us, so we struggle to find enough time to pursue it.”

He said after the Mafeteng show, the group’s next port of call would be a charity event in Quthing next month which is yet to be finalised. They aspire to reach fans along the length and breadth of the country.

“From there we are eyeing Qacha’s Nek sometime in October and after that, we will start working on the northern region tour,” Mofammere said, adding that they intend to host charity events to assist the destitute since the hand that gave was more than blessed than the one that received.

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