Maseru to host re­gional fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LE­SOTHO will, on Satur­day, host the inau­gu­ral South­ern Africa Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, at Club De Fasto in Litha­ba­neng, which is meant to foster col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween artists within the re­gion.

The fes­ti­val’s or­gan­iser, Jack Mo­japela, told the Week­ender from South Africa that the fete would be held on an an­nual ba­sis and hosted by dif­fer­ent coun­tries within the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity re­gion.

“It is very dif­fi­cult for African artists to share the same stage be­cause very few artists man­age to get book­ings be­yond their borders,” said Mo­japela.

“As a re­sult, there are lim­ited plat­forms for them to in­ter­act or col­lab­o­rate in their mu­sic.

“As the or­gan­is­ers, we be­lieve that the South­ern Africa Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will pro­mote sol­i­dar­ity among artists in the re­gion and spur their artis­tic de­vel­op­ment.”

He said only artists from Botswana, Le­sotho and South Africa were per­form­ing in the inau­gu­ral edi­tion, with other coun­tries ex­pected to fol­low suit.

Among the artists per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val is Botswana’s Monde, Makoya, DJ Mo-africa and P Man, South Africa’s Teddy Bears, Gen­eral from Chiskop, Ch­esa, Jon­ico and Sika Le­sotho will be rep­re­sented by the likes of Spido, Abuti and Mic Checker among oth­ers.

“Our in­ten­tion is for this event to spark a mu­si­cal in south­ern Africa that will also foster unity among the peo­ple,” Mo­japela said.

“The time has come for Africa’s re­newal to be taken to a higher level by the con­ti­nent’s highly gifted and cre­ative mu­si­cians.

“We must em­brace the tal­ent be­stowed in Africa so that, to­gether, we can con­quer the rest of the world.”

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