Meet the Sound Connects Project Team
Project Director & Curator Emeritus MMA
A naturalised citizen of Lesotho, Mr Gill studied Political Science, History, Economics and Theology in the United States and Canada before coming to Lesotho as a volunteer under Mennonite Central Committee in 1979. He served as a teacher and administrator at Mapholaneng High School and then moved to Morija in 1989 to assume the role of Curator at Morija Museum & Archives. Over the past three decades, his main involvements have centred around the following: Management, Administration and Institution building; Research, Consultancies and Publishing; Heritage Management & Community-based Tourism, especially the Seriti sa Makhoarane Initiative; and The Morija Arts & Cultural Festival, and spin-offs from the Festival such as the establishment of the Morija Arts Centre and then the Digital Creativity Lab called The Hub @ Morija. Mr Gill is currently Curator Emeritus at Morija Museum & Archives.
Research Officer & Acting Curator MMA
A native of Mafeteng District, Mr Nyabela studied French and History at the National University of Lesotho before joining Morija Museum & Archives as Deputy Curator in 1996. Since then, he has been able to pursue many activities related to his passion for cultural matters, and is best known for his roles in the following: The Morija Arts & Cultural Festival, especially as Head of the Performers’ Committee and the National School Cultural Competitions for Primary and High Schools;
Research and the development of new exhibits for the Masitise Cave House Museum 2003-4; Consultancy work, especially involving the Heritage Impact Assessments and Documentation of Intangible Cultural Heritage at Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (Polihali) since 2017; and The Seriti sa Makhoarane Heritage & Tourism Initiative.
Mr Nyabela serves as Acting Curator of Morija Museum & Archives.
Innocent Fungurani 'Ansa'
Project Coordinator & Web Developer
Ansa studied art at School of Media Arts & Humanities at Univeristy of Sussex. He is a practicing artist working with digital art, painting and poetry. He has exhibited at National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Delta Gallery (ZW), Wrong Bienalle and Performance Art Bergen (Norway). He has worked as a volunteer at the NGZ and First Floor Gallery. He has been featured in The Afropolitan Contemporary (Berlin Edition) and several Zimbabwean publications. His graphic design has been commissioned by British Library for Development Studies for Africa Universities Research Approach project. Fungurani currently works as Project Cordinator for the Sound Connects Project and as a web developer for the MMA.
Theboho Hlaha GA (L)
Finance Officer & Accountant MMA
Mr. Teboho Hlaha is a General Accountant GA (L) registered with the Lesotho Institute of Accountants.
He is currently holding a Senior Accountant position in Sound Connects Project under Morija Museum &
Archives. In 2014 BAM Consultancy discovered the professional potential in Mr. Teboho Hlaha and
offered him the position of Financial Consultant, and he was promoted to Head of Finance from 2015 to
2016. Amongst other Skills, Mr. Hlaha has, include, leadership, team building, communication, and
Head of Education & Education Officer MMA
My name is Keletso Selialia. I am the collection and exhibition officer at the Morija Museum and
Archive. I handle artifacts, works of art, and other historical items in a museum. My duties include
acquiring and authenticating artifacts, curating exhibits, overseeing museum collections, researching
various objects and components of a collection to document their authentication and identification,
ensuring collections are properly preserved, and designing tours and other educational materials for the public. I graduated from the National University of Lesotho with a BA in Philosophy, Heritage, and
Cultural Studies plus post-graduate diploma in Education.
My responsibilities in this project are:
- Oversee the project's Education Phases (LCE and Artists Education).
- Assist the Education Coordinator for Artists.
- Develop and publish the music education module.
- Develop and implement educational plans and activities in line with the project’s objectives.
- Liaise with project partners and stakeholders to ensure the smooth delivery of the educational project elements.
- Prepare reports on the project’s educational progress for the project steering group.
- Maintain up-to-date records of all project educational activities.
- Develop and implement plans for the dissemination of the project’s educational outputs.
- Ensure that the project’s educational activities are inclusive and accessible to all participants.
- Attend project meetings and contribute to project planning and decision-making.
- Undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required by the project manager.
Animation Coordinator MAC
A Lesotho based multidisciplinary artist and musician, Nthabiseng Mohanela, has been honing her skills in visual arts for several years now. Since her primary school days, Nthabiseng has always entered art competitions highlighting the use of art in combating social issues at the time. Her talents and passions range from fine artist to fire dancer, from animation directing to scripting for theatre plays. As a visual artist in animation, Nthabiseng enjoys exploring character designing. She has worked with The Hub Morija to produce and direct animation. As a fine artist and painter, this creative expresses the concept of African spirituality, tribalism, space, the galaxies and possibility of other civilizations using natural earthy tones and pastel style of painting. Some of her work has been displayed and exhibited at Maeder House Gallery, Café What restaurant and at Black Labone in Pretoria, South Africa. It is Nthabiseng's dream to become a successful full time visual artist exploring local and international Art galleries and entering her work for global film festivals, art exhibitions and art shows. In 2018 Nthabiseng joined the team at Morija Arts centre (MAC), where she became an event coordinator, assistant coordinator and project manager. In that same year that she joined MAC, Nthabiseng started and curated the Tiny Gallery Concerts (an intimate music, art skill share, conversation and performance event) and is a regular facilitator of workshops ranging from textile art to music and edu-tainment (the art of educating through enter-tainment). By trade, Nthabiseng is an Interior Architect and owner of an arts and entertainment company, called Madhouserain (PTY) LTD which specializes in p moting sustainability and conservation. Some of the brands found under the madhouse umbrella is Spirit of Art, an accessory brand that uses macramé knotting, seed beads, gemstones and shells. LapengDesigns is a furniture design and Interior deco brand while pHresh is a new wellness and health brand under the Madhouse umbrella. Lastly, Nthabiseng has a huge passion for community and lifting young vul-narable girls in Lesotho. through her non profit foundation called NomaPads, she and her team deliver menstrual education using creative practices like threatre and podcasting. nomaPads foundation also manufactures reusable sanitary pads for those under privileged girls.
IT Officer & Archivist MMA