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Basotho YouTubers Based In The diaspora: Karabo Moeti Releases Short Film

Karabo Joesph Moeti is a Lesotho born YouTuber who is currently studying in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. His content varies from personal life experiences to conversations with his peers about different life issues and experiences. He is back with a short film entitled WHY DO I CREATE?. This short film came about after a conversation with his sister and his housemate about his content on YouTube. “I was contemplating quitting YouTube because my effort put into my videos versus the feedback I was getting did not match up he briefly explains what prompted the short film. “So I had to go back and reflect, questioning myself multiple times why I create. Do I do it for the audience or myself? I had to ponder on this because I was getting stressed and I was starting to forget why I started making videos in the first place” he elaborates. In his reflection, Karabo was able to exceptionally execute his vision and let us into his creative process and pours out his heart explaining why he creates. “The day I had the vision it wasn’t clear but I knew where I wanted to start and ended up almost being bitten by a snake which didn’t divert me” he explains how the video was recorded.

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Meet Karabo Moeti: Maseru-born Videographer & Cinematographer Hoisting Lesotho’s Flag High

Karabo Joseph Moeti is an aspiring young videographer and cinematographer born in Maseru, Lesotho. The  3rd year business administration student is determined to make his mark in this industry and highlighting creative treasure that exist in the nation of Lesotho. His latest video, Phases Of The Moon, is a three-minute montage with the focal point being overcoming. “We all go through issues in life and this piece is a reminder of how mentally strong we have to learn to be in order to overcome“ he explains  about the video. “It is also important for us to acknowledge our sadness when it occurs. Your sadness leads to creativity “, he elaborates. I had a chat with Karabo to find out more about his journey.

What motivated you to start a YouTube channel?
I started my YouTube channel because I watch a lot of youtube videos in my spare time and one day I made a realisation that if I put my mind into it I could really turn it into a passion and hopefully inspire others in the process.

What or who inspires you as a person?
There are many people and things that inspire me as a person and as a creator. My parents for one. I look up to them because they’ve done everything in their power to afford me the opportunities I have today. I have other Youtubers I look up to such as Casey Neistat, Peter McKinnon, KSI and many others. I also get a lot of my inspiration from architecture and nature. But most importantly my friend Retshepile who got me into video making and video editing.

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Your subject matters differ in every video, briefly share why you took that route?
I’m still in the process of discovering myself as a creator. At the moment I feel like I can do a lot of things, but I’m yet to find that niche I’m looking for that will not only grow my channel but grow me as a person and creator.

What equipment are you currently using?
At the moment my only equipment I have is my camera (Canon 800D), A microphone and a mini tripod.

What are some of the goals or vision for your channel?
I want my channel to grow to be as big as it can possibly get. I’m really passionate about making videos and I only would do this for as long as it takes. I do not always have platforms to express myself creatively and to me making videos is a form of expression.

How has the journey been? What are some of the challenges you have encountered and how have you been able to overcome them?
The journey has been extremely difficult I’m not going to lie. It took me about a year just to get 100 subscribers, but obviously this may differ depending on the kind of content you’re creating. For me it has been extremely challenging. I have school and I do not always have the motivation to put myself out there. Coming from a smaller country such as Lesotho or eSwatini will also have its own challenges. It is not easy to gain access to the global market and really find your niche or rather your target market. It is also not easy to find a large audience that can commit to the content I’m creating. At the moment I cannot say I have overcome these challenges but I’m hoping that as long as I keep creating hopefully doors will eventually open. Even if it takes years. This is something I love doing and I will keep doing it.

What can we expect from the channel in the near future?
Growth. The channel keeps growing and I keep growing as a content creator. As long as I have breath in my lungs I’ll keep on creating. Do not expect the same kind of content though. I’m constantly changing and that will inevitably be translated in the content I create.

Follow Karabo Moeti on Instagram here. Feature image credit goes to Abuti Tony.

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Weheartbeat presents Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party: Our five questions with Morena Leraba

For this year’s Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party hosted by Weheartbeat and the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, we’re doing something really interesting for all our beat heads and electronic music fans. There are five international acts at this year’s Bloc Party and to give you some more insights on these artists, we sent them five questions to find out more about them, their plans and their thoughts on the Bloc Party.

We chopped it up with Morena Leraba, who is a Lesotho-born musician fusing traditional Sotho music with more modern, eclectic and electronic music to create a truly unique sound. He doesn’t only mesh sounds, he also meshes cultures which allows him to facilitate a global cultural exchange by using art and technology as his main tools. Check the interview out below.


Describe your artistry and what you do in 5 words.
I’m a performing artist/musician from Lesotho.

What is the one thing, lesson or experience do you want people to get from your music?
I fuse Sesotho traditional music/vocals with modern electronic sounds and audiences will have an opportunity to see how both worlds can borrow from each other.

You are performing at this years Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party, what can we expect from your performance?
Other-worldly. Something spiritual. True, we’re a new band but we wanna time-travel with the audience, exhibiting how traditional African sounds are still relevant in a modern world.

What are you looking forward to see, experience and learn in South Africa?
We’re going to meet other artists/acts from elsewhere and South Africa, especially Johannesburg. Johannesburg is such a unique and special place where other cultures and tastes are appreciated. We’re bringing a new sound and we want to see how audiences react, also bearing in mind that Sesotho and Sepedi are widely spoken in Johannesburg.

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Where can people follow and connect with you online?
I’m on Facebook as Morena Leraba, Twitter as @MorenaLeraba and Instagram as @morenaleraba. You can follow me on SoundCloud as Morena Leraba. We’re launching a website soon.

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Catch Morena Leraba at the Fak’ugesi Beats Bloc Party. Get your tickets here.

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