Dance­hall Mashup II to rock Maseru

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE sec­ond edi­tion of the an­nual Dance­hall Mashup is set to roar into live this Satur­day at Vic­to­ria Pool­side in Maseru.

The in­au­gu­ral event, held last year, at­tracted scores of reg­gae lovers and or­gan­is­ers, Ragga Vybz Sound Sys­tem, are hop­ing this year’s edi­tion is not an ex­cep­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers, the idea be­hind Dance­hall Mashup is to en­lighten Ba­sotho about the reg­gae cul­ture.

“We started hav­ing reg­gae ses­sions in 2011 with the aim of pro­mot­ing the reg­gae cul­ture in Le­sotho, although the fol­low­er­ship was still at a low level at the time,” said Selek­tah Che, one of the show’s or­gan­is­ers.

“The ses­sions grew at a very slow pace but since we were do­ing what we love, we did not despair. Now we are able to pack masses in a lo­cal club where we host our ses­sions ev­ery Thurs­day night.

“Reg­gae is more than just a mu­si­cal genre but a cul­ture which we are try­ing to pi­o­neer in this coun­try. We would like to see more peo­ple join for the move­ment to grow.”

The move­ment has slowly but surely grown in stature and at­tracted peo­ple of var­i­ous eth­nic groups. The growth has spurred the host­ing of the an­nual event which is set to host for­eign acts shar­ing the stage with home brewed tal­ent.

“It is our dream to have reg­u­lar in­ter­ac­tions with reg­gae artists and move­ments from other coun­tries to net­work and foster unity that will also help lo­cal artistes es­tab­lish links beyond Le­sotho’s bor­ders,” he said.

Dance­hall Mashup is set to fea­ture more per­form­ers, said Selek­tah Che.

“Although the fes­ti­val has man­aged to at­tract scores of reg­gae fol­low­ers, our dream is to have a big­ger fes­ti­val that will run for over three days as reg­gae re­volves around sub-gen­res such as dub­step, dance­hall and reg­gae mu­sic so we be­lieve we need more time so we can play all of them,” he said.

From South Africa there will be DJ Fanta, Se­lec­tah Don Royal, Faya Uman, L’ti­tude and SFS. They will be along­side lo­cal acts such as Shat­takulcha, Sledge, Mr C-jo, ZhaZha, Ragga Vybz and Chanty Nat­u­ral from Botswana to name a few.

RAGGA Vybz crew

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