Producer realises dream

2017-10-04 06:00
The Setshege yo o weleng cultural dance production was hosted at the R.C. Elliot Hall on Saturday, 9 September. The event was hosted by artist and heritage fanatic Motsamai Lechuti (front). Behind him is his team. Photo: Supplied

The Setshege yo o weleng cultural dance production was hosted at the R.C. Elliot Hall on Saturday, 9 September. The event was hosted by artist and heritage fanatic Motsamai Lechuti (front). Behind him is his team. Photo: Supplied

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It was all due to his love for his culture and heritage that Motsamai ­Lechuti hosted the ­Setshege yo o weleng cultural dance production at the R.C. Elliot Hall on Saturday, 9 September.

The production, described as the first of its kind in the Northern Cape, saw people of various cultures (Tswana, Xhosa, Sotho, Venda, Swati and Khoisan) performing on one stage.

According to Lechuti, he gives thanks to the ­National Arts Council (NAC), which assisted in turning his dream into reality.

“I am so proud to have finally pulled it off,” said Lechuti.

He urges applicants never to give up on their dreams after being knocked down or turned away.

“I had applied to the NAC for three years in a row and was rejected.

“But I did not give up. I am so proud of myself that I did not give up, as my application was finally approved and I received funding, as they saw potential in me.”

The production is reported to have created jobs for about 50 unemployed young artists, learners included.

Lechuti says doors were opened through his willingness to host events like the annual cultural concert Ntshwarele Ngwana ke bua le mmagwefor the past five years.

“My passion was detec­ted due to my ability to host the projects with funding from my own pocket.

“But my dream has always been to create a production. My community showed appreciation for this through their massive attendance.

“I did all of this because I will continue to strive for the growth of arts and culture in our province.

“It will also be apprecia­ted more if our leaders can listen to our plight and open doors when we come knocking for assis­tance.

“It will be greatly ­appreciated if the department can also send delegates to our event, just like the national department sends delegates to witness the greatness we can create.

“Projects like these are proof enough that we do have ideas, but we only get stuck when it comes to support.”

Lechuti promises more projects, like the roadshow he is currently working on, which he says will be for his community.

Anyone interested in assisting Lechuti in his upcoming cultural projects in terms of funding for uniforms is requested to call him on 078-477-3240, to contact him on the Facebook page NCLocal­Artist, or to send an email to lechutimotsamai@­gmail.com.

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