Moyo Con­cert wows rev­ellers

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE Moyo Ben­e­fit Con­cert, which was held on Satur­day, lived up to its billing with top notch per­for­mances from lo­cal and South African artistes which had scores of youth­ful and older rev­ellers danc­ing the night away.

The mu­sic fes­ti­val which was held at Thaba Bo­siu Cul­tural Vil­lage was the brain­child of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ant, Vo­da­com Le­sotho (VCL), who used it to launch their life chang­ing ini­tia­tive, dubbed the Moyo Le­sotho Project.

The Moyo Le­sotho project is 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 VCL’S mo­bile tech­nol­ogy to link them to much-needed care.

The project is presently be­ing car­ried out in the dis­tricts of Leribe and Maseru.

The mu­sic event was graced by King Letsie III, Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso, se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials and other stake­hold­ers.

In his key­note speech, His Majesty ap­plauded VCL and its part­ners for help­ing the country fight the HIV/AIDS pan­demic.

“This is in­deed an ex­cit­ing but touch­ing ini­tia­tive that will change the lives of many Ba­sotho. We all know that this country is faced with the chal­lenge of re­duc­ing the rate of HIV in­fec­tions and mor­tal­ity es­pe­cially in chil­dren and preg­nant women which are among the high­est in the world,” King Letsie III said.

“Vo­da­com and its part­ners see this as a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity but I think it is the great­est ini­tia­tive and it has brought great joy to my heart. This is be­cause it will re­duce the in­fec­tion rates, es­pe­cially in re­mote ar­eas where trans­port is a prob­lem. Let us all sup­port the project and join them in fight­ing this pan­demic de­vour­ing our na­tion.”

The star-stud­ded list of per­form­ers did not dis­ap­point, belt­ing out hit af­ter hit, which left rev­ellers ask­ing for more.

The open­ing act was Khu­bet­soana-based out­fit, Con­verse Heroes, who brought the cul­tural cen­tre down vi­brancy with their en­er­getic dance moves. They were fol­lowed by gospel singers Sen­tšo and Tebogo whose melodic tunes also got the au­di­ence to dance.

Other per­form­ers who wowed the crowd in­cluded the likes of Nathi, Mafik­i­zolo, DJ Li­nah, Tsepo Tšola, L-tore, Ok­malumkoolkat, Bu­cie, Vusi Nova, AKA, Nasty V, DJ Li­nah, Juvy and Bhu­daza whom King Letsie III had in­sisted on watch­ing be­fore leav­ing the event.

In the end, it was not pos­si­ble to sep­a­rate the per­form­ers who all gave spir­ited per­for­mances which en­sured that the chilly breeze was not felt at all.

South African Afro Pop singer Nathi told the Week­ender on the side­lines of the event that he was hon­oured to be part of the ini­tia­tive.

“This is my first time in Le­sotho, and I feel hon­oured that my de­but ap­pear­ance was at a char­ity show for those af­fected by HIV/AIDS. I be­lieve that most peo­ple who are in­fected see that as the end of their lives with only a limited num­ber of days to live, I have been down be­fore and hope­less while in jail but I re­al­ized that it was not the end of the tun­nel and like me they can still live a healthy and happy life,” he said.

Fel­low South African, rap­per AKA, also hailed the fes­ti­val, de­scrib­ing it as “an im- por­tant ini­tia­tive that brings peo­ple to­gether and it has given us the op­por­tu­nity to lend a help­ing hand to the in­fected”.

“We are all af­fected by the stigma and there­fore tak­ing part in this ini­tia­tive is my way of sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity,” said AKA.

Lo­cal mu­si­cian Sen­tšo said that it was a bless­ing to be given the op­por­tu­nity to speak to peo­ple through mu­sic and en­cour­age them to sup­port and love those who are in­fected.

“This is my first time be­ing part of an HIV-re­lated ini­tia­tive. I feel hon­oured as a Mosotho to be here as it is a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity that has been sup­port­ing us,” he said.

part of the crowd dur­ing the con­cert

rap­per Juvy

rap­per L-tore

afro Jazz singer Bhu­daza

Sa rap­per Ok­malumkoolkat

Sa afro pop singer Nathi

Sa r&b and House singer Bu­cie

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