Legendary musician to be commemorated

Frank Leepa

Tourism Heritage Arts Progress (THAP), a school for talented dancers, is expected to host a tribute concert for the legendary Frank Leepa. This in collaboration with Pacofs and the Free State Symphony Orchestra.

According to the managing director of THAP, Lorraine Letwaba, the purpose of the musical concert is to celebrate the life of Leepa through dance and music. Leepa was a Lesotho-born musician who was acclaimed worldwide for his famous brilliance in playing the guitar and composing music, influenced by different genres.

Letwaba said Leepa’s upbringing was dramatised by the life of his father, who was a policeman. She added that the killing of his father, the events before that, and hardships this caused afterwards, were the experiences that moulded Leepa. Leepa died on 27 November 2003 and will be remembered for his part in the famous Sankomota band.

The event is expected to have artist such as the Free State Symphonic Orchestra, Kunle Ayo, Mandla Ntlaks, Gabrial Struuman, Bhudaza, Sello Montwedi, Brian Nhlabe, Siphamandla Bembe, some surprise artists as well as selected students from THAP to perform, which in turn will be a great platform for the THAP students to gain notable experience and get maximum exposure into the performing arts industry under the guidance of legendary industry professionals.

“Notably, the students will undergo rigorous training and workshop sessions for a period of two weeks leading up to their performance on the day of the event, with and led by the session musicians who will be a part of this project,” Letwaba concluded.

The event will be held at the Sand du Plessis Theatre on 17 December at 18:00. Tickets are R100 and all Covid-19 regulations and protocol will be observed.

Kekeletso Mosebetsi