Ouh La La Fes­ti­val ‘big­ger and bet­ter’

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE French Am­bas­sador to South Africa is set to grace the fourth an­nual Ouh La La Fes­ti­val, start­ing on 22 Novem­ber, with or­gan­is­ers say­ing this edi­tion will be “big­ger and bet­ter”.

The an­nual event, held the Al­liance Française Gar­den, cel­e­brates mu­sic in its var­i­ous facets. This time around, the Fran­co­phone or­gan­i­sa­tion is part­ner­ing with the Min­istry of Tourism, Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank, Le­sotho Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and Letofe as it con­tin­ues to grow in stature.

France Am­bas­sador to South Africa and Le­sotho, Elis­a­beth Bar­bier, will be in attendance in this year’s edi­tion of the fete, ac­cord­ing to Al­liance Française’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary, Pa­pali Monyake.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender this week, Monyake said: “We feel very hon­oured that the am­bas­sador will at­tend this edi­tion of the fes­ti­val.

“We will be award­ing cer­tifi­cates to DELF grad­u­ates (a ba­sic course in us­age of the French lan­guage) on Fri­day, a day be­fore the event, and the list of grad­u­ates in­cludes her Majesty the Queen.”

The fes­ti­val, which has been this time of the year since 2011, will fea­ture lo­cal acts, Sotho Sounds and Afro-jazz maestro Bhu­daza, as well as for­eign bands.

“Ev­ery year we try to change the event and bring a dif­fer­ent taste,” she said.

“In the past years, we have had po­ets, vo­cal­ists and in­stru­men­tal­ists with undis­cov­ered tal­ent com­ing from the lo­cal schools. How­ever, for the first time, we will be hav­ing a big band CAB and a Se­sotho band from out­side Maseru which is Malealea in Mafeteng.

“The fes­ti­val is part of Al­liance Française’s mis­sion to pro­mote both the French and Ba­sotho cul­ture hence the mix­ing of the lineup with both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists from French­s­peak­ing coun­tries in our dif­fer­ent events.”

Un­like yesteryears, this edi­tion will be an evening af­fair with mu­si­cal per­for­mances from France and Le­sotho in store for rev­ellers, as well as the light­ing of the Christ­mas tree at Ouh la la café.

The con­cert will be fol­lowed by a master work­shop On Sun­day from 10am to 5pm which will see more than 20 Ba­sotho mu­si­cians and mu­sic in­dus­try peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in a train­ing fa­cil­i­tated by CAB, to dis­cuss with them top­ics such as prod­uct pro­mo­tion, au­thors’ rights, vo­cal tech­niques, and artist and sound en­gi­neer re­la­tion­ship among oth­ers.

Afro Jazz maestro Bhu­daza

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