Vybz line up in­de­pen­dence show

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

RAGGA Vybz Sound Sys­tem is set to celebrate the na­tion’s 49 years of in­de­pen­dence with a show to­mor­row at Rock­view Beer Gar­den in Khu­bet­soana.

Ac­cord­ing to Selek­tah Che ( pic­tured) of the pi­o­neer­ing dance­hall and reg­gae group, the show, which is dubbed “In­de­pen­dence Chill­out Ses­sion”, will com­mem­o­rate the low­er­ing of the Union Jack for the last time on 4 Oc­to­ber 1966, paving the way for Le­sotho to chart its own des­tiny.

“In­de­pen­dence Day is a re­minder of how our na­tion got lib­er­ated from Bri­tish colo­nial rule. The premise of the show is to celebrate the mile­stone in a way that the cur- rent gen­er­a­tion can also re­late to,” he said.

“The In­de­pen­dence Chill­out Ses­sion is more than just about mu­sic; it is also a plat­form for ex­chang­ing pos­i­tive vibes, pro­mot­ing style, fash­ion trends and en­cour­ag­ing free­dom of ex­pres­sion as op­posed to con­formism. It is ba­si­cally the cel­e­bra­tion of beau­ti­ful souls.

“Our main fo­cus is the youth. A lot of young artistes are be­com­ing more and more in­no­va­tive, and we feel they need to be in one place on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to share their con­cepts and ideas with each other.”

Selek­tah Che said the show would be held at Rock­view Beer Gar­den to pro­mote other en­ter­tain­ment venues and break the monotony of revel­ers al­ways flock­ing to one club.

“Our in­ten­tion is to ro­tate the venues we per­form in ev­ery two weeks and bring va­ri­ety to the en­ter­tain­ment scene.

“Since there is no ad­mis­sion fee to our shows, we will only be hold­ing them in Maseru,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to Ragga Vybz’ Meloh, Sensi Ranxx and Khahliso, the show’s line up will also in­clude Hyrachy, TGP, Fire Flames and Khasu Boy as well as such dee­jays as Acx­aveli, Ra­zor, Mitch and Chivib.

Ragga Vybz is Le­sotho’s premier reg­gae move­ment, and be­hind such shows as Summa Mash UP and Afro Souls. They also or­gan­ised last month’s per­for­mance by Ja­maican reg­gae artist Siz­zla Kolanji at the Khu­bet­soana-based 4Fordy night­club.

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