Fes­ti­val spot­lights fash­ion, mu­sic

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LO­CAL fash­ion houses, Qui­te­ria&ge­orge and Daz­zle Col­lec­tion have lined up a fash­ion and mu­sic fes­ti­val aimed at pro­mot­ing fash­ion as a ve­hi­cle for so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion in the coun­try.

the event dubbed “Fash­ion Meets Mu­sic Le­sotho” (FMML) is set for Le­hakoe Club in Maseru on 19 Novem­ber.

Qui­te­ria&ge­orge is a fash­ion out­fit by Le­sotho-born Qui­te­ria Kekana and South African Ge­orge Malelu and it has dressed South African celebri­ties such as Boi­tumelo thulo, terry Pheto and No­muzi Mabena as well as lo­cal beauty queens Mo­jabeng Senekal and the re­cently crowned Miss Le­sotho Sun­day Ex­press 2017 Mpoi Ma­hao.

Daz­zle Col­lec­tion launched last year in Maseru and is owned by South African born Cre­ative Direc­tor Ma­pula Mo­fo­keng-lebona and De­signer Delma tsha­bal­ala.

FMML project co­or­di­na­tor Li­makatso Mphei said the event aimed at pro­mot­ing “fash­ion as a so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment tool for the Ba­sotho com­mu­nity.”

FMML aims to be­come the na­tional leader in fash­ion. We want to es­tab- lish Maseru as a ker­nel of fash­ion and mu­sic and pos­si­bly ex­pand to the rest of Africa as we have in­vited de­sign­ers from coun­tries such as Zim­babwe, South Africa, Nige­ria, Mozam­bique and Ghana,” Mphei said.

She said the event would also give ex­po­sure to emerg­ing, stu­dent de­sign­ers as well as the es­tab­lished, ex­ist­ing brand names that have stu­dios or stores.

Mphei said they would host awards in recog­ni­tion of those who had con­trib­uted to up­lift­ing the lo­cal mu­sic scene.

“in ad­di­tion to the run­way show, there is a unique awards cer­e­mony for mu­si­cal con­trib­u­tors from ra­dio broad­cast­ing and mu­si­cal leg­ends. We have come up with three cat­e­gories of hip hop, DJS and ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties, all in both gen­ders.

“there will also be three hon­ourary awards for leg­ends Mot­latsi Ma­jara (Ra­dio sta­tion owner), Ntate tšepo tšola (Jazz vet­eran) and award-win­ning disc spin­ner Sir Sch­aba,” she said.

the event will be hosted by Lite­boho Molise, Blue Mbombo and Donovan Lek­gothoane and is pow­ered by Sign World, Mot­tum, tipp Fo­cus, Bam Me­dia and Black Opal.

some of Daz­zle col­lec­tion de­signs.

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