Reg­gae muso to rock SA fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

REG­GAE and Dance­hall artist C-JO is set to per­form at the in­au­gu­ral two-day reg­gae fes­ti­val from 23-25 Septem­ber in Cape Town, South Africa.

Hosted by Bantu Media SA and RUF, the Caribbean-themed mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza dubbed “Africa Unite Reg­gae Sun­splash” is aimed at fos­ter­ing har­mony and unity among African artists while cater­ing for the Ja­maican di­as­pora liv­ing in Africa.

The fes­ti­val is ex­pected to be­come an an­nual event bring­ing to­gether African reg­gae and dance­hall artistes in or­der to pro­mote the genre across the con­ti­nent.

C-JO this week told the Week­ender that de­spite be­ing caught un­awares by the in­vi­ta­tion, he was rar­ing to go and would give his best as it will be his de­but in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val.

“I have per­formed at sev­eral lo­cal shows in­clud­ing the an­nual Summa Mashup and at Ja­maican Siz­zla Kalonji’s show at 4Fordy last year.

“This will be my first ap­pear­ance out­side the coun­try and at a huge fes­ti­val at that,” C-JO said.

“Tap­ping into the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket has al­ways been my dream since I started per­form­ing in 2004 but this came as a sur­prise.

“The or­ga­niz­ers said they came across my tracks on the mu­sic ap­pli­ca­tions YouTube and DATAFILEHOST which I use to dis­trib­ute songs.”

He said the or­gan­is­ers then searched for him on Face­book on which they ne­go­ti­ated the terms of his per­for­mance.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the show and I be­lieve it will open many doors af­ter mak­ing an im­pres­sion there.

“Apart from that, there will be sev­eral artistes I’ve al­ways dreamed of shar­ing the stage with so this will give me the op­por­tu­nity to go be­yond that dream and even foster work­ing re­la­tions,” he said.

The KISS THE SKY hit-maker will share the stage with artistes such as War­rior from the East, Lion Paw, Don Royal, Seven­ton, Jah­nett Ta­fari, Jahkongo, Siano, Fanta Jozi, Ta­maya Waka Chavula, Car­los Djedje, Momo Dread, Jahzo, Bongo Riot, Maya Rose and Dread Kings among others.

The Ha Mabote-based C-JO also said that de­spite hard work and sac­ri­fice made by lo­cal mu­si­cians, there were lit­tle if any re­wards in the in­dus­try in the coun­try.

“We are strug­gling fi­nan­cially in Le­sotho as we do not get roy­al­ties for our mu­sic.

“We get lit­tle sup­port from fans hence the ex­cite­ment when we get for­eign book­ings.

“My ul­ti­mate goal is to be recog­nised as an in­ter­na­tional brand and have op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­form over­seas,” he added.

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