Basotho, Tswana artistes clash at fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

FOUR Botswana artistes are set to lock horns with two lo­cal rap­pers at the sec­ond edi­tion of the LEBO mu­sic fes­ti­val slated for 28 Oc­to­ber this year at the Vic­tory Cen­tre in Moshoeshoe II.

The LEBO acro­nym was de­rived from the first two let­ters of the two coun­tries Le­sotho and Botswana.

The event is the brain­child of the Botswana en­ter­tain­ment group, Sold-out En­ter­tain­ment as an ini­tia­tive to pro­mote arts and cul­tural ex­change be­tween the two sis­ter coun­tries.

The in­au­gu­ral edi­tion was held in Masianokeng on the out­skirts of Maseru in 2014.

This year’s edi­tion dubbed Makhirikhiri In­va­sion will see lo­cal rap­pers Du­namis and Juvy share the stage with Motswana tra­di­tional mu­si­cian Shumba Rat­shega and rap­pers Mmemo, Baxon as well as Lanie.

Sold-out En­ter­tain­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kaelo Sabone this week told the Week­ender that they first per­formed in the coun­try at the 2012 Morija Arts and Cul­tural Fes­ti­val and re­turned the fol­low­ing year for the Har­vest FM 10th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tions.

“With those two vis­its we re­alised that we have so much in com­mon. Al­though our cul­tural mu­sic dif­fers our style of Hip Hop is the same,” Sabone said, ad­ding, “We then re­alised that there was an op­por­tu­nity for Basotho and Batswana to ex­change mu­sic hence the LEBO con­cept”.

“Batswana and Basotho artistes seek bet­ter plat­forms in South Africa where there are al­ready many artistes from across South­ern Africa, so LEBO will en­able them to create their own niche in un­sat­u­rated mar­kets.

“At the mo­ment pop­u­lar Basotho artistes in Botswana are Tsepo Tsola and Bhu­daza, so this will help in­tro­duce more acts. It is also good be­cause mu­si­cians get roy­al­ties in Botswana for the air­play and we hope Le­sotho will fol­low suit.”

BOTSWANA tra­di­tional mu­si­cian Shumba Rat­shega (cen­tre).

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