US poet to rock Le­sotho

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

RENOWNED Amer­i­can-born Hip Hop artist and poet, Akua Naru, is set to per­form in Le­sotho from 23 to 27 Au­gust 2016 as part of Women’s Month com­mem­o­ra­tions.

The Ger­many-based lyri­cist will head­line a show slated for Vic­tory Hall in Moshoeshoe II on 25 Au­gust 2016 and share the stage with lo­cal poets and rap­pers. Naru is also sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in a camp­ing ex­cur­sion at Casa Tumi in Makha­la­neng.

Ac­cord­ing to Lekhema Malakia and Phoka Thene who spoke on be­half of the or­gan­is­ers, Naru’s visit was made pos­si­ble through the col­lab­o­ra­tion of Bonono Mer­chants, Back to the Woods, Kingsway Kicks, Bare e ne re, Fo­cus Cre­ative Agency, Nala Project, Ver­bal Reigns, Ragga Vybz, The Ur­ban Era and Kick­4life.

They said Naru, who was born Latanya Hin­ton, would par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties meant to in­spire women and share her ex­pe­ri­ences with lo­cal artists.

“She is not only an artist, but a fem­i­nist as well who has held a num­ber of work­shops around the world aimed at em­pow­er­ing women,” said Thene.

“Upon her ar­rival in Le­sotho, Naru will head to Tey­ateya­neng to tour a num­ber of co­op­er­a­tives such as Elel­loang Basali and Ha­toa Mose Mos­ali to learn more about women crafters and the chal­lenges they face.

“She will hold a meet-and-greet sem­i­nar with lo­cal women and the cor­po­rate sec­tor at Kick­4life’s No.7 Restaurant to create link­ages so they can col­lab­o­rate even after she has left.”

Malakia said Naru ex­pressed a de­sire to visit Le­sotho when they met her last year.

“We at­tended a show Naru held last year in South Africa and were able to meet and talk about the visit. Naru told us she al­ways wanted to visit the Moun­tain King­dom,” said Malakia.

“Dur­ing her per­for­mance on 25 Au­gust 2016, a lo­cal band will play for Naru be­cause she uses bands in the coun­try she is vis­it­ing.”

The camp­ing ex­cur­sion will in­clude such ac­tiv­i­ties as hik­ing the Tha­bana Li Mmele plateau and paint­ball.

“Naru’s fans will be able to in­ter­act with her in an in­for­mal set­ting. The Nala Project so­cial mar­ket will also be open and we are ex­pect­ing lo­cal artists from all sec­tors to show­case their tal­ents and sell their wares,” he said.

HIP Hop artist and poet Akua Naru.

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