Vo­da­com’s Moyo Con­cert beck­ons

Lesotho Times - - Week­ender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

ALL roads will this Satur­day lead to Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage, the venue for the ea­gerly-an­tic­i­pated Moyo Ben­e­fit Con­cert fea­tur­ing a star-stud­ded cast of for­eign and lo­cal mu­sic acts.

The festival is the brain­child of Vo­da­com Le­sotho (VCL) with sup­port from the Voda­fone Group com­pa­nies.

It was or­gan­ised to sup­port the Moyo Le­sotho project, an ini­tia­tive by the Voda­fone Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Health and global pri­vate part­ners. The project is aimed at iden­ti­fy­ing chil­dren and preg­nant women liv­ing with HIV/AIDS and us­ing Vo­da­com’s mo­bile tech­nol­ogy to link them to much-needed care.

Ac­cord­ing to the head of the Moyo Le­sotho Pro­gramme, Dee Har­low, all is set for Satur­day’s fes­tiv­i­ties, with the royal fam­ily and other dig­ni­taries ex­pected to grace the mu­sic festival.

“En­ter­tain­ment will start at 2pm with the chief guests, His Majesty King Let­sie III and Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso ex­pected to ar­rive at 6pm. Other dig­ni­taries are also ex­pected at the same time,” Ms Har­low said.

She urged rev­el­ers en­joy the con­cert in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner.

“The festival will run through­out the night with per­for­mances from dee­jays and mu­si­cians. Peo­ple should have fun in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner and they must not drink more than their bodies can take,” said Ms Har­low.

“They should not drink and drive but rather have a des­ig­nated driver who will not drink. The aim is to avoid ac­ci­dents and launch this life-chang­ing ini­tia­tive in a mem­o­rable way.”

She said the en­ter­tain­ment line-up would fea­ture South African and Le­sotho heavy­weights such as Nathi, Mafik­i­zolo, Oskido, Bu­cie, DJ Shimza, Ok­malumkoolkat, AKA, Nasty C, Te­bogo, Tšepo Tšola, Bhu­daza, Sen­tšo, Vesta, Li­nah, L-tore, Con­verse Heroes, Hunky D and Pablo DJ among oth­ers.

Mean­while, Jazz mae­stro Bhu­daza told the Le­sotho Times this week he felt honoured to be part of the ini­tia­tive and would use the plat­form to en­cour­age peo­ple to get tested for HIV.

“I will in­tro­duce a cou­ple of new songs and at the same time en­cour­age the youth, who I be­lieve will be there in great numbers, to get tested for HIV. They should also en­cour­age their peers to do like­wise,” Bhu­daza said.

“The cur­rent in­fec­tion rate in Le­sotho is very dis­turb­ing and needs se­ri­ous at­ten­tion. Vo­da­com has taken a good step and I hope it spreads to the rest of the coun­try so that peo­ple can ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of test­ing and re­ceiv­ing treat­ment be­fore their health de­te­ri­o­rates.

“I also hope that those who are not in­fected will ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing them­selves.”

South African multi-award win­ning rap­per AKA posted a video message on his so­cial me­dia page ex­press­ing his de­light to be part of the ini­tia­tive.

“I am ex­cited and look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing in Le­sotho once again, now that I will be mak­ing an im­pact, help­ing chil­dren in­fected with HIV,” he said.

AKA is among the artists billed to perform at the event.

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