Lo­cal, SA rap­pers to face off in Free State

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

A CON­TIN­GENT of lo­cal artists are set to share the stage with their South African coun­ter­parts at an event to be held at Masters Shisanyama in Mar­quad, Free State Prov­ince on 27 June.

Dubbed “Bon­fire Party”, the event, which is the first of its kind, is meant to fos­ter in­ter­ac­tion be­tween Hip Hop artists from Le­sotho and South Africa.

Lo­cal rap­pers, Nirex, Choco­late Soul, Kislev, MIP, Boshoa Botšo­eroe, Lakzen, Preston, L-tore and Prince Mar­ley are set to take on Me­di­anyewe, V.Y Masta, Sipz­ick, DC Korhy, D.T, PK, Fan­tyz, Suffo, Max, Czah and Master­mind from the Free State.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender this week, one of lo­cal artists per­form­ing at the event, rap­per, pro­ducer and video di­rec­tor Re­filoe Thoahlane, or Choco­late Soul, said he was ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the Bon­fire Party.

“I see the event as a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal acts to show­case their met­tle in South Africa be­cause that is where our genre of mu­sic we make is more ap­pre­ci­ated since the coun­try has a big­ger pop­u­la­tion that is will­ing to pur­chase Hip Hop mu­sic,” said Choco­late Soul.

“For starters, it is hard for us to earn money from our mu­sic here at home be­cause few peo­ple are will­ing to part with their cash to get our mu­sic be­cause our genre has not yet scaled the heights of such gen­res as Famo and Gospel.

“The lo­cal mar­ket also tends to per­ceive lo­cal acts as stars once they have made names for them­selves in South Africa, such as the in­stance of Ntate Tšepo Tšola and Maleh, so I be­lieve if we man­age to shine the other side of the bor­der we will get ap­pre­ci­ated at home which would mean that we won’t have to per­form for free any­more.”

If held ev­ery month end events of that na­ture, he added, would raise the pro­file of Hip Hop in both coun­tries.

Choco­late Soul also said he is cur­rently work­ing with fel­low rap­per Kay­tee Fresh to foray into the South African mar­ket by ne­go­ti­at­ing with pro­mot­ers so they can per­form in big cities like Jo­han­nes­burg and Pre­to­ria which are the hubs of Hip Hop in South Africa.

T-mech of MIP also pitched in say­ing: “The event will aid us in ex­pand­ing our reach in South Africa and giv­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose our mu­sic to a dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple.”

Ad­mit­tance to the show will cost M120, in­clu­sive of trans­port from the bor­der to and from Mar­quad as well as braai and drinks.

Rap­per Choco­late Soul.

Rap­per T-mech of MIP.

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