LEPHALALE — The first round of the first ever “Lephalale’s Got Talent” (LGT) competition was launched on Saturday 13 February at Lephalale Mall.
It was a head to head showcasing of various talents – including poetry, dancing, singing and comedy.
Mpho Mathe, the man behind LGT, said his inspiration to start this initiative emerged from the local shows that were done around villages in Lephalale. He realised that there is a lot of local talent hidden in the villages around Lephalale and he wants to give is some exposure. “We were taking part in the auditions done by show time productions when they were searching for people to act in a movie. It was then that we saw all the hidden talent in and around Lephalale”, said Mpho.
“I believe that people need to turn their talents into careers”, he said.
Mpho emphasised that Lephalale is one of the fastest growing towns in Limpopo, and that it should grow and expand in all facets. Arts and culture should be a huge focus of development.
“I believe this should be challenged and talents should be showcased – it is only unfortunate that some of the local talents do not have resources to help them move forward” he said.
He also said that talents like arts, drama, poetry, dancing and comedy are being neglected by schools.
“The response is good so far. People are showing interest and the Facebook page is expanding. He said that they would like to involve art schools for possible bursaries.
The grand prize which will be granted to the winner is an enormous R25 000 – and Mpho says he believes this prize will inspire everyone to partake in this competition.
LGT is going to run for approximately six months, targeting ±10 000 people in Lephalale and surroundings. The focus is on poetry, singing, acting, comedy, dancing and juggling just to name a few.
A few road shows will be conducted in various villages.
The entry fee is R30 and anyone up to the age of 35 can enter – if they think they have what it takes to be the first winner of LGT.
Mpho said that upon registering you will be automatically categorised by your area just to ensure that one entrant can only register in one area.
To get in touch with LGT, send your details to 079 447 4920 via WhatsApp or follow them on Facebook: Lephalale Got Talent.