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Hip Hop contest winners not yet paid

Lerato Matheka


MASERU — The organiser of last month’s tertiary schools hip-hop contest is withholding M1 000 in prize money because he claims the winners had not yet accounted for the tickets he gave them prior to the show.

The contest, dubbed Legend of the Golden Mic, was won by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology students.

But Thato Tšephe, who organised the competition, has told Xpress People he has not yet paid the winners.

He said he would only do so if the Limkokwing students accounted for the tickets to the show which he had given them to sell at their campus.

The winners were asked to choose between a recording contract and a cash prize of M1 000.

But the Limkokwing hip-hoppers, led by Lerato “L-Tore” Leteka, chose cash.

“They still have tickets of the show in their possession,” Tšephe said.

“They first need to return the remaining tickets they were given to sell to Limkokwing students and as soon as we get the tickets back they can have their money.”

L-Tore confirmed they had not yet received their prize money.

He however denied he or his fellow contestants were still holding on to tickets for the April 1 show.

“We returned the tickets two weeks after the show so we really don’t want to be held liable for other people’s incompetence,” L-Tore told Xpress People.

“On behalf of the group, I was given 10 tickets and I sold some while the returns were given back to Thato after the show.”

He said he knew Tšephe had given other tickets to students who were not part of the winning group.

“I am aware that Thato gave some tickets to other students within the institution who were not part of Limko-Kings,” L-Tore said.

“So he should fulfil his promise and give us the prize we won so as to sustain the healthy relationship we had.”

He said he initially understood the organiser had delayed paying them because the show had run at a loss.

L-Tore said they had chosen the cash prize because they were already working with another recording company before the Legend of the Golden Mic contest.

“We are working as an independent talent movement of students without any help so the (prize) money would help in the printing of CDs and designs to complete our project,” the aspiring hip-hopper said.

Limkokwing beat off a strong challenge from Lerotholi Polytechnic to win the hip-hop contest, with the National University of Lesotho finishing third and last.

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