Maseru Beach Party drowned out by wa­ter

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE fourth edi­tion of the an­nual sum­mer fes­ti­val Maseru Beach Party, which was held on the shores of Maqa­lika Dam on Satur­day, failed to live up to the fan­fare of its in­cep­tion.

To their credit, the or­gan­is­ers had pulled out all the stops to make it the “beach” party a suc­cess, with tents for rev­ellers to shield them from the scotch­ing sun dur­ing the day and in the event of rain fall­ing.

Ca­noes and speed boats were also avail­able for those keen on tak­ing a ride across the dam. The sound sys­tem was also on point and could be heard from afar.

How­ever, de­spite the metic­u­lous prepa­ra­tions, the ex­pected del­uge of rev­ellers was not forth­com­ing with the first two edi­tions of 2011 and 2012 still rank­ing highly in terms of attendance.

The fes­ti­val has be­come syn­ony­mous with huge turnouts and no­to­ri­ous traf­fic. The heavy rains which have re­sulted in the dam swelling, with lit­tle room for the bash, also con­trib­uted to ton­ing down the much an­tic­i­pated event.

As a re­sult, or­gan­is­ers were un­able to put the sand nor­mally used for play­ing beach volleyball and soc­cer since it would have made the dance-floor even smaller.

Apart from that, there were not as many scant­ily clad ladies as in pre­vi­ous edi­tions.

The ques­tion that con­tin­ues to linger is; was it the weather that marred attendance or has the Maseru Beach Party lost its mojo? Hope­fully, the fifth edi­tion will prove naysay­ers wrong.

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