Mo­faya fes­ti­val tar­gets 10k rev­ellers

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

EN­ERGY drink Mo­faya Le­sotho’s brand am­bas­sador and artiste Mega Hertz says the com­pany’s De­cem­ber mu­sic fes­ti­val will go a long way in up­lift­ing the sta­tus of lo­cal mu­si­cians who have al­ways played sec­ond fid­dle to their South African coun­ter­parts.

Slated for De­cem­ber 3, the fes­ti­val will be held at Maseru Mall un­der the tagline #Me­ga10k_chal­lenge and it seeks to at­tract at least 10 000 mu­sic lovers in sup­port their favourite lo­cal acts.

In a break­fast meet­ing with media rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Tues­day, Mo­faya Le­sotho CEO, Jack “Gifted Jack” Mh­lambi said it was high time Ba­sotho started be­liev­ing in their own.

“We want to ex­pose the tal­ent that this coun­try has to the rest of the world so that it can be ‘Le­sotho to the world and not to South Africa’,” Mh­lambi said.

“For Ba­sotho to be­lieve or sup­port some­thing, it has to be im­ported whereas they are sit­ting on a gold mine of un­sup­ported lo­cal acts.

“Through this event we seek to change the view that for a show to be suc­cess­ful it has to be head­lined by South African acts. We are hope­ful that this will en­cour­age Ba­sotho not to take tal­ented peo­ple for granted,” he said.

Gifted Jack added the ini­tia­tive will in­stil con­fi­dence in lo­cal artistes and po­si­tion the coun­try on the global stage.

“Artistes don’t have hope for a bet­ter fu­ture as they are of­ten crit­i­cised with some ques­tion­ing where they think their tal­ents will take them.

“We are em­bark­ing on a big cam­paign to in­crease the ap­peal of Ba­sotho artistes by in­still­ing in them con­fi­dence and pa­tri­o­tism so they stop be­liev­ing they can only get a bet­ter life in South Africa. We’re look­ing at rap­pers, vo­cal­ists, po­ets, dancers and dee­jays but we will have to choose the best that as the aim is to go be­yond the bor­der”.

Gifted Jack also said their on­go­ing na­tional tour which started in Qacha’s Nek and Quthing on Fri­day and Satur­day re­spec­tively, would soon be tak­ing them to Thaba Tseka (Septem­ber 16) and Mokhot­long (17 Septem­ber). Head­lined by Mega Hertz, the tour will con­tinue till the main event in De­cem­ber.

“Mo­faya’s vi­sion is to see to peo- ple’s tal­ents tak­ing them places and so af­ter the Me­ga10k, we will in­vade other coun­tries start­ing with South Africa,” he said.

For his part, Mega Hertz ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Mo­faya Le­sotho for en­abling him to ful­fil what had seemed a far­fetched dream.

“I had this dream when I en­tered the mu­sic scene last year and it was one of those crazy thoughts that seemed far from see­ing the light of day,” Mega Hertz said.

“I didn’t know the right peo­ple to ap­proach but Gifted Jack be­lieved in me and we’re go­ing to make it hap­pen. Ba­sotho of­ten cel­e­brate South African mile­stones rather than fo­cus­ing on build­ing their own mon­u­ments. This project is not go­ing to be a once-off event but will con­tinue for a very long time,” he said.

Mo­faya le­sotho ceo Jack “Gifted Jack” Mh­lambi.

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