Senqu band lined up for SA fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SENQU Jazz Band has promised fire­works at their fourth ap­pear­ance at the pop­u­lar an­nual Cherry Jazz Fes­ti­val at Ficks­burg Grounds in South Africa, on Satur­day.

The seven piece Afro Jazz band will share the stage with prom­i­nent South African acts such as Cai­phus Se­menya, Letta Mbuli, Ringo, Babes Wo­dumo and Le­sotho’s very own Tšepo Tšola and Maleh.

Senqu first ap­peared at the fes­ti­val in 2011 as one of the open­ing acts that per­formed dur­ing the day while big­ger acts per­formed in the evening. They per­formed again in 2012 and in 2013 when they were fi­nally given an evening slot.

The band’s pub­li­cist, Tom Rakoti, said fans should ex­pect a killer per­for­mance as they have ma­tured since their last ap­pear­ance at the fes­ti­val.

“Dur­ing our first two ap­pear­ances at the Cherry Fes­ti­val we played dur­ing the day which is the time al­lo­cated for up­com­ing acts but our last per­for­mance in 2013 proved that we had earned re­spect as we were given an evening slot which is of­ten given to es­tab­lished per­form­ers,” Rakoti said.

“We were not booked for 2014 and 2015 but we used the op­por­tu­nity to per­fect our skills and we can now say we have be­come more pow­er­ful than be­fore.

“We be­lieve our sec­ond of­fer­ing, Fotha (re­leased early this year) com­pelled the or­gan­is­ers to bring us back for it has been re­ceiv­ing a lot of air­play at Set­soto FM in Ficks­burg, with tracks such as Lebitso la hao, Batšoarua and Pula Ea Na prov­ing to be lis­ten­ers’ favourites,” he told the Week­ender this week.

“We have shared the stage with most acts on the lineup in­clud­ing Ringo and Cai­phus Se­menya.

“We even per­formed with Ntate Tšepo on some of his songs dur­ing a lo­cal show in De­cem­ber last year.

“They were all blown away with our per­for­mance and that gives us more con­fi­dence to per­form along­side them again.”

Rakoti said they were con­fi­dent the fes­ti­val would open doors for them in their quest for global recog­ni­tion as they were not fully ap­pre­ci­ated in their own back­yard.

“Cherry Fes­ti­val is the big­gest fes­ti­val where we have been given the op­por­tu­nity to per­form since we are barely recog­nised by epic show or­gan­is­ers here at home.

“Our goal is to tap into in­ter­na­tional plat­forms hence we named our­selves Senqu, which is Le­sotho’s big­gest river that flows as far as Namibia and into the (At­lantic) ocean.”

Rakoti said they had been con­tacted to per­form at an­other ma­jor fes­ti­val in Pre­to­ria, South Africa.

SENQU Jazz Band - File pic.

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