Man­doza to rock Mo­hale’s Hoek

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SOUTH African Kwaito ex­po­nent, Man­doza, is set to rock Mo­hale’s Hoek on 28 Novem­ber 2015 in a show meant to re­vive the pop­u­lar­ity of the genre.

Dubbed Kwaito Back­2back, the con­cert will be held at Difa Grounds with the Nkalakatha hit­maker shar­ing the stage with the lo­cal con­tin­gent of DJ De­tail, Ra­zor­da­soul, Bam­boo, Za­grodjs, Bhogzela and Black Ink. SA’S Ohza and Sabzero are also lined up to per­form at the show.

Ac­cord­ing to the show’s or­gan­iser, Solomon Le­foka of Solo Pro­mo­tions, the event was meant to re­vive the fol­low­er­ship of the genre. Kwaito is a variant of house mu­sic and African sounds. It emerged in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, dur­ing the 1990s.

“Kwaito mu­sic is a genre that de­fines the ex­pe­ri­ences of both South African and Ba­sotho youth. It is the genre that a lot of young peo­ple grew up lis­ten­ing to, but nowa­days peo­ple who love the mu­sic are not be­ing catered for,” he said.

“From time to time, you will see peo­ple go­ing into a frenzy when a Kwaito track is played at a fes­ti­val or any event, which shows how much the genre is still loved and ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Le­foka said peo­ple in the town­ships and vil­lages could re­late to the mes­sages re­layed in Kwaito mu­sic, while also be­ing en­ter­tained.

“I grew up lis­ten­ing to the genre and it is still my mu­sic of choice. Man­doza is one of the artists who stim­u­lated my loy­alty to the genre,” he said.

“I think he still has the pulling power to re­vive the Kwaito love in the coun­try. I also in­tend to hold a Kwaito fes­ti­val on an an­nual ba­sis and in­vite var­i­ous leg­endary Kwaito artists.”

Born Mduduzi Tsha­bal­ala, Man­doza rose to promi­nence as part of Kwaito group Chiskop in the late nineties. His 2000 multi-plat­inum al­bum, Nkalakatha es­tab­lished him as a force to reckon with in the South African mu­sic in­dus­try by hit­ting the top of the charts on both tra­di­tion­ally black and white ra­dio sta­tion.

SOUTH African Kwaito artiste Man­doza

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