Tsepo Tshola honoured
LEGENDARY jazz musician, Tsepo Tshola was on Friday honoured with a Commander of the Most Loyal Order of Ramatšeatsana award by His Majesty King Letsie III.
The Village Pope, as the artiste is popularly referred to, was honoured among several other civilians and uniformed forces officers at a ceremony held at the Royal Palace grounds.
The singer told the Sunday Express that the award was the best that he has ever received especially that he was honoured by His Majesty King Letsie III.
He was among the 13 people who were presented with Civilian Awards by His Majesty King Letsie III in celebration of his birthday. The awards are held annually in preparation for His Majesty King Letsie III’s birthday celebrations to honour outstanding service for uniformed forces, civil servant and civilians.
This year, the celebrations are scheduled to be held in the Butha-Buthe district on Tuesday.
“This is one of the biggest awards because it is from home and this shows that I am defiantly doing something right,” Tshola said.
“This is the greatest recognition I have ever received. Being honoured by His Royal Highness just gave me that ineffable feeling and it is unbelievable.”
The iconic musician whose last album was released in March 2016 said he is working on his new offing which is due for the shelves before the end of the year.
“I am currently working on another album and fans can expect it before the end of the year,” he said.
Tshola was the lead vocalist and composer of the well-known musical band Sankomota. The band, originally named Uhuru, was formed around 1976. Tshola has dominated the music scene and thrilled audiences across the world for more than 40 years.
He is popularly known for his enchanting vocals in tracks like Ho Lokile, Shine Your Light, Ke Bale and You Inspire Me. His last award was the Lifetime Achievement which he got from South Africa’s Metro FM Music Awards in 2015.
Some of the awarded included Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) Lance Sergeant, Thabang Mokhethoa, who was granted an outstanding performance award.
“I have been serving the LMPS since 2004 and today I am pleased to have been awarded with this medal for outstanding service,” Lance Sergeant Mokhethoa said.
He also urged other police officers to be astute in the fight against crime.
Rethabile Ramoruti, a Grade 12 learner of Seeiso High School was also awarded for his bravery. Mr Ramoruti saved a Mokhotlong High School girl who had been swept away by a flooded river on her way from school in February last year.
The 22-year-old explained on the day, he was walking home from school with schoolmate, Mpho Mpesi and other students when they saw they girl being swept away by a violent tide.
Together with Mr Mpesi, who was also honoured, they dived into the river to save the girl.
“I did not foresee this when I was helping the girl and I am grateful. This is an honour and I wish every young person with swimming skills as myself should put them to use,” Ramoruti said.
Categories for the awards for the LMPS included long and loyal service, outstanding service, meritorious service, police medal for gallantry and subordinate officers’ awards.
Officers from the Lesotho Correctional Service were awarded with correctional medals for gallantry, meritorious service, meritorious service, loyal service, long service and good conduct, outstanding performance. Civilians were awarded for the most loyal and most meritorious in different orders of Ramatšeatsana and Mohlomi.
His Majesty King Letsie III is the first son of the late King Moshoeshoe II and the late Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. He was born Mohato Bereng Seeiso at Scott Hospital in Morija on 17th July, 1963 and was christened David in the Roman Catholic Church.
He was sworn into the office of the King on 12 November 1990 under the new Office of the King Order No. 14 of 1990 and assumed the title Letsie III after Letsie l, the eldest son of Morena Moshoeshoe founder of the Basotho nation.