VODACOM Superstars 2015 music category winner, L-Tore, says he got more than he had bargained for at South African producer Oskido’s Midrand studio by recording three tracks instead of the initially planned single.
L-Tore won the top prize in the fourth edition of the Vodacom Superstars talent search competition held on 10 October 2015. In addition to the cash prize of M70 000, the rapper also won the opportunity to record a single at Oskido’s Kalawa Jazzmee record label.
Speaking during the prize-giving ceremony for the talent search competition winners on Monday in Maseru, L-Tore said he went to Kalawa Jazzmee last Tuesday and returned home on Friday. Despite being scheduled to record one track, the rapper whose real name is Lerato Leteka, said he ended up recording three.
“Upon my arrival in Johannesburg on Tuesday, we went to Oskido’s top-class studio in Midrand where we started off by sampling beats to find the most suitable one for my single,” L-Tore said.
“It came out perfectly, and everybody who was in the studio loved it. Because the single came out so well, I got the opportunity to record another track with Kalawa Jazmee Hip Hop star, AB Crazy, and the third track with Oskido’s son Base.”
Describing the experience as a “lifetime opportunity”, he said Vodacom Lesotho (VCL) had afforded him an chance he had always yearned for, but which seemed impossible due to resource constraints.
“I feel honoured by the opportunity I was given and being able to impress at Kalawa Jazmee. Once again, I would like to thank Vodacom Lesotho for this lifetime opportunity,” said L-Tore.
The other winners included the group Converse Heroes which triumphed in the dance category at the expense of second and third runners-up Angel Jason as well as Keke and Hadebe respectively. Converse Heroes will also get a Video Feature with the same label. DJ Linah triumphed in the female DJ category with El’ Asla and DJ Palycetra coming second and third respectively.
Sixteen-year-old DJ Vesta was the talent search’s youngest winner in the male deejay category with AfroDJ and TšelisoDJ coming second and third respectively. The winning deejays in the male and female also won the opportunity to perform alongside DJ Oskido in two gigs he will be holding in South Africa this festive season.
On his part, VCL Marketing Specialist, Seema Tsotetsi, said L-Tore would perform the three tracks alongside AB Crazy at the Vodacom Summa Feva concert on 18 December 2015.
“This prize-giving is not the end of working relations between Vodacom Lesotho and these superstars. We have a couple of campaigns lined up for them and others who entered the competition to keep the flame burning until the next edition in 2016,” he said.
“The finalists have also approached us about helping them hold joint shows, but we are still waiting for their proposal to be finalised so it can be approved.”