THE Lesotho Music Rights Association (LMRA) has embarked onto a drive to recruit members and recently sent out three committee members to the Mafeteng district to engage prospective members.
The members engaged the musicians at a meet and great session set up with a group of young musicians from the district on 4 November 2018.
Speaking to the Weekender, LMRA public relation officer, Thulo Monyake, said the meeting focused on who and what the LMRA is, why they were traveling around the country to appeal to musicians to join the association. He said they also spoke about what the musicians stand to gain from the union.
“The LMRA seeks collaboration with musicians in Mafeteng towards becoming members because we are the mother body focused on protecting the rights of the individual composers and or authors of creative musical works,” Monyake said.
“We focus solely on the individual and not the group he or she may be part of.
“We appeal to all musicians to join the LMRA to help strengthen the industry from the grassroots.”
He travelled to Mafeteng along with the LMRA president, Sechaba Mokoqo and the secretary general, Paul Molise.
Monyake met with 10 artistes of different genres from which a ground team was created lead by Mathang Tsietsi, Refiloe Matlosa and Thato Malobeng.
He said the small team will assist the LMRA to source and reach out to more musicians across the district.
“The musicians involved had a series of questions that were answered to their satisfaction and we returned to Maseru with some positive feedback and developments for the team,” he said.
Monyake said they are now planning a trip to the next district while they anticipate more information from their ground team in Mafeteng.
He said the LMRA has also set up a similar ground team in Hlotse with the assistance of the Bochabela Music and Arts Association.
“We shall disclose our next destination as soon as we have finalised with the stakeholders involved but while we wait, we would like to appeal to all musicians to contact us through our social media channels to get more information for them to join the association,” Monyake said.