Leribe counts down to fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LERIBE is abuzz with an­tic­i­pa­tion ahead of its in­au­gu­ral arts fes­ti­val 2728 Novem­ber 2015 in Hlotse.

Ac­cord­ing to Leribe District Ad­min­is­tra­tor (DA) Mokha­belane Mo­ra­hanye, the aim of the fes­ti­val, which has been dubbed Mol­long, is to stim­u­late the arts sec­tor in the district.

“It has been proved the world over that pro­mot­ing the arts sec­tor helps al­le­vi­ate poverty, so we de­cided to groom and sup­port nascent tal­ent through the fes­ti­val,” he said.

The fete is set to fea­ture mu­si­cal veter­ans such as Bhu­daza, Se­fako Sa Menoa­neng, Rabotso Le Se­manyane, Mothae, Senqu Jazz Band, Me­lan­t­jetje ea Peka and Puse­letso Seema who will share the stage with up-and­com­ing artists such as Big Bar Raps, Mo­driz­zle, Dalek, DBN and Stoned Face among oth­ers.

Mo­ra­hanye said the fes­ti­val would not show­case mu­si­cians only, but a cross sec­tion of artists.

“We are look­ing at the arts sec­tor as a whole, from mu­si­cians, vis­ual artists, fash­ion de­sign­ers and crafters,” he said.

“We be­lieve that bring­ing them to­gether will en­able them to see the op­por­tu­ni­ties that come with work­ing to­gether.”

The fes­ti­val, Mo­ra­hanye said, would kick off with work­shops to equip the artists with skills to im­prove their craft.

“On Fri­day, we will start with work­shops that will be fa­cil­i­tated by ex­perts in dif­fer­ent fields such as ‘M’e ‘Mamokoena from Tsikoane who is a tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion teacher at Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in South Africa, Ka­belo Maqache who has an hon­ours de­gree in theatre and is the deputy prin­ci­pal at Mo­lapo High School and Te­boho Pitso from Hlotse High School who is a vet­eran mu­sic com­poser among oth­ers,” he said.

The DA also re­vealed that they plan to meet with the artists on a quar­terly ba­sis to dis­cuss the chal­lenges they en­counter and find so­lu­tions, adding that the gate tak­ings would be di­vided among the artistes fea­tured dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

“We want the artists to ben­e­fit from the fes­ti­val, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that Christ­mas is around the cor­ner,” he said.

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