SA stars to rock in­ter­var­sity bash

Lesotho Times - - Weekender -

Com­mit­tee deputy leader, Lekhafola Kaloli, the bash would be held at Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage on 12 March 2016 and or­gan­ised by en­ter­tain­ment out­fit Rock The City SA in con­junc­tion with Vo­da­com Le­sotho.

Among the heavy-hit­ters lined up to per­form at the fi­esta are Cassper Ny­ovest, Pro­fes­sor, Naakmusiq, Dr Malinga, Prince Kay­bee, Heavy K, Mpumi, Fifi Cooper, Nok­wazi, DJ Micks, Mono T, Mu­ungu Afrika, Char­ac­ter, DJ Mlungu, Trade­mark, Zinhle, The Josh and DJ Lyquid from South Africa, and Afrodj, Lak­a­bane, 3Rd­code, Juvy, Bootz, Payce­tra and Tae­mane from Le­sotho.

Kaloli told the Week­ender this week that they de­cided to raise the bar by hold­ing the bash to en­sure a mem­o­rable event.

“We used to have build-up ac­tiv­i­ties for the games by hold­ing the Miss NUL pageant and mini soc­cer leagues be­tween the univer­sity and the In­sti­tute of Ex­tra Mu­ral Stud­ies but never a mu­si­cal fi­esta,” he said.

“So, this year we de­cided to set the bar high for our vis­i­tors from Botswana and Swazi­land.

“We were in­spired by the en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by the or­gan­is­ers in Botswana dur­ing last year’s in­ter-var­sity games. We par­tied ev­ery day and, thus, com­pelled to come up with some­thing big­ger than that.”

Kaloli said they en­gaged Le­sotho-born pro­moter and Rock The City SA owner, Lehlo­honolo Nthon­tho, who is re­spon­si­ble for the line-up, to spon­sor and mar­ket the event.

“Nthon­tho blew us away with the con­cept he came up with, and we even have bill­boards in Gaborone (Botswana) and Mba­bane (Swazi­land) for the show,” he said.

“With the large num­ber of peo­ple we are ex­pect­ing, we re­alised that the NUL cam­pus could not ac­com­mo­date all the rev­el­ers, hence our opt­ing for Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage be­cause it is not only big­ger, but show­cases Le­sotho’s cul­tural legacy.”

The for­eign acts, Kaloli said, were meant to at­tract more rev­ellers to the show and not to un­der­mine lo­cal artists.

“We take pride in lo­cal tal­ent, but if we were to strictly keep the line-up lo­cal, only a few peo­ple would at­tend the event,” he said.

“The show is meant to make a last­ing im­pres­sion and that is why we brought in the crowd pullers from South Africa, com­ple­mented by lo­cal artists.”

Dr Malinga

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