LETOFE explodes in Thaba-bosiu
All roads lead to Thaba-bosiu Cultural Village this Saturday for the 11th edition of the annual lesotho Tourism Festival (LETOFE).
LETOFE has become one of the country’s leading entertainment events since its inception in 2005, and also a major tourist attraction because of the diversity of its line-up of artists who include both international and local acts.
Organizers of the event have always provided quality entertainment, making it a festival not to be missed, and attracting revellers from as far afield as Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Botswana and of-course South Africa . The choice of artistes, from jazz to hi-hop, makes the show appeal to every taste, hence its growing popularity with each passing year.
From America’s Kenny latimore and Monique Bingham to Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, LETOFE has hosted some of the most exciting artistes whose performance have cemented the festival’s status as one of lesotho’s prime gigs.
This weekend’s show will be graced by, among other artistes, America’s Andy Narell and Portia Monique, South Africans Vusi Mahlasela, Zonke, Athari, Bonolo, and Riky Rick with locals Maleh, Tšepo Tshola and JC Crew, adding to the glitzy line-up. Mtukudzi, who had been billed to be one of the artistes had to pull-out due to family matters.
Andy Narell, a jazz musician, is known for hits such as Kalinda, Slow Motion and We Kinda People, to name but a few, while Portia Monique is one of the world’s leading house vocalists, popular through tracks such as Do Better, Colours of love and Grace. Although she would not be making her debut appearance in lesotho as she performed at LETOFE’S after party last year alongside Germany born Ralf Gum, Monique is already being talked about in such reverence by Basotho who cannot wait for Saturday
According to one of the LETOFE organisers, Montoeli ‘Moleli, this year’s event would live up to the high standards the festival has come to be known for.
“The dream is to see LETOFE become an international jazz festival, which is why it is always jazz-dominated. We have included house music which has elements of jazz in it and one hip-hop act so as to attract the younger generation for them to end up loving jazz,” he said.
“But all in all, all is set for the festival and we are looking forward to a memorable event once again.”
On the other hand, Thaba-bosiu Cultural Village Managing Director, Thabo Maretlane, said the facility’s accommodated had been fully booked by October largely because of LETOFE.
“Our 41 restrooms that can accommodate 82 people, as well as 40 other breakaway rooms have been fully booked by people coming to the jazz festival. Some have even sought to camp there as we have a huge camping site,” he said.
Jimmy Dludlu and his group perform at last year’s Letofe.