Bhu­daza to rock SA con­cert

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AFRO Jazz mae­stro, Bhu­daza Mape­fane, is set to share the stage with other African mu­sic lu­mi­nar­ies dur­ing the Moretele Park Trib­ute Con­cert 2015 to be held in Pre­to­ria, South Africa on Satur­day.

The Moretele Park Trib­ute Con­cert was launched in 1998 to hon­our South African mu­sic he­roes and has fea­tured per­for­mances from su­per­stars and emerg­ing mu­si­cians and groups such as Mafik­i­zolo, Micasa and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

This year’s edi­tion is themed “We Are Africa”, and cel­e­brates South Africa’s “com­ing of age” amid protests against xeno­pho­bia and the ab­hor­rent vi­o­lence to­wards for­eign na­tion­als ex­pe­ri­enced ear­lier this year.

Gifted sax­o­phon­ist and singer, Bhu­daza, will head­line the event along­side leg­endary Zim­bab­wean crooner Oliver Mtukudzi and South African mu­si­cal heavy­weights Caiphas Se­menya, Vusi Mahlasela, Than­diswa Mazwai, Mzwakhe Mbuli and The Soil among oth­ers.

The Hlotse, Leribe-born Bhu­daza is among the very few lo­cal artistes who have man­aged to make an in­deli­ble mu­si­cal mark be­yond Le­sotho’s borders. He has per­formed in South Africa on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, and graced the stage in such coun­tries as Ger­many, Dubai, Namibia, Botswana and Uganda among oth­ers.

In an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week, the Ba­bal­ase hit-maker, said he felt hon­oured to be rep­re­sent­ing Le­sotho at such a high pro­file event.

“This will be the fifth time I will be per­form­ing at this epic event, and I al­ways feel blessed and hon­oured as such con­certs en­able me to show­case the sound of Ba­sotho to other na­tions,” Bhu­daza said.

“Get­ting booked for this event on con­sec­u­tive oc­ca­sions means I have man­aged to live up to their ex­pec­ta­tions and I never re­lax and sit on my lau­rels be­cause I have been there be­fore. I al­ways treat ev­ery show like my first and strive to bring out the best per­for­mance ever.”

Be­cause of the need to vari­ate his sound ev­ery year, the Bo Mape­fane hit-maker said he would in­tro­duce some of his un­re­leased ma­te­rial at the Mamelodi, Pre­to­ria show. Bhu­daza also re­vealed that fans can look for­ward to the re­lease of his up­com­ing pro­ject next April.

“I am cur­rently work­ing on my fourth of­fer­ing which will drop in April and fans can ex­pect the same clas­sic Bhu­daza sound, in ad­di­tion to other mod­ern rhythms,” he added.

“I am not yet at lib­erty to dis­close its ti­tle as I have a cou­ple of ideas in mind. For now I can­not tell whether peo­ple will en­joy it or not, but I nor­mally leave the fans to do the judg­ing by them­selves.”

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