Talent search unearths musical gems

Kgiba David Thoahlane, on stage, left, Lehlohonolo Lenka in green T-shirt and front, Andrei's Lebone, performing during the talent search. PHOTO: LEBAKENG NKABI

The Botshabelo Artist Tour (Bat) organisation hosted a talent show aimed at unearthing the hidden talents among young up-and-coming artists in Botshabelo. This local talent show was a day-long event that took place at the Mathata Sports Grounds W-section in Botshabelo on Saturday 20 May.

Bat chairman, Thabo ‘Cereals’ Lejara, explained that the purpose of the day was for artists in Botshabelo to come together in their different music genres – kwaito, hip hop, gospel, soul, house and acapella groups.

“We have noticed that our local artists are not given many opportunities to perform at social events here in Botshabelo. That has made us host this event to let the community know about the Bat organisation which plans to serve as a mouthpiece for all artists among us, and we have many well-known and up-and-coming artists.

“We have selected a few of the up-and-coming artists according to their talents to help them with recording their demo and with this organisation our hope is to see our local artist performing on more stages and at social events,” Lejara said.

They plan on touring the entire province as a way to introduce their artists to the community. “It is not only us who are struggling when it comes to performances in the social events hosted in the province. Next month we are going to be performing at Naledi Sun (on 16 June), hosted by Black Stone Entertainment. We want to become popular and be viewed as first preference like the Gauteng artists, and our aim for this event is to build unity among Free State artists.” – Lebakeng Nkabi