SA acts to rock mu­sic fi­esta

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LO­CAL mu­sic lovers are set for a free mu­si­cal con­cert at The Trad­ing Post in Roma on Satur­day, cour­tesy of Swiss-based Veloso­lu­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with South Africa’s The Project Room, Le­sotho Sky and Black Mix Le­sotho.

The event will fea­ture per­for­mances by South African acts such as Ti­dal Waves, BCUC and Bam Bam Brown as well as lo­cal favourites, Morena Ler­aba, Juvy and Basali All Stars.

The mu­si­cal fi­esta is part of events to kick start the #pump­for­peace Le­sotho project, a Veloso­lu­tions ini­tia­tive to unite mu­si­cians and ath­letes on a mis­sion to de­velop sport and mu­si­cal tal­ent in third world coun­tries and to build a health­ier, tol­er­ant and peace­ful world.

Veloso­lu­tions who have built bump tracks in Thai­land and New York City, Amer­ica will partner Le­sotho Sky (the or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual in­ter­na­tional moun­tain bike race in Le­sotho) to build #pump­for­peace’s first bump track on a piece of land do­nated by the own­ers of the Roma Trad­ing Post in Roma.

Roma is home to the Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho as well as 15 pri­mary and high schools.

Leg­endary rider and Veloso­lu­tions owner, Clau­dio Calu­ori de­scribed the bump tracks as “so­cial hotspots where chil­dren and adults, be­gin­ners, am­a­teurs and pro ath­letes, poor and rich, lo­cals and for­eign­ers, black and white, moun­tain bike rid­ers, Bmx­ers and skate board­ers get to­gether to spend time in a very tol­er­ant and pos­i­tive at­mos­phere”.

Calu­ori said they had de­cided to com­bine sport with mu­sic be­cause the two were his “big­gest pas­sions as well as lan­guages that tran­scend bor­ders”.

“They’re both uni­ver­sally un­der­stood and are both about raw, in­her­ent tal­ent – tal­ent that shines on ei­ther side of the poverty lines,” he said.

On the other hand, Le­sotho Sky founder Chris­tian Schmidt said, “there won’t be a sin­gle week­end with­out kids and youth rid­ing and rac­ing bikes on the track once it is com­pleted”.

For her part, Black Mix Le­sotho owner, Man­isha Black said they were ex­plor­ing ways to up­lift the lo­cal mu­sic scene with the con­cert be­ing the pi­lot project.

“Black Mix Le­sotho has been in­volved in sev­eral lo­cal projects in­clud­ing the Ul­ti­mate Mu­sic Awards and our very own Cock­tail Ex­peri- ence which en­abled me to re­alise that there is a lot of tal­ent in Le­sotho,” she said.

“How­ever, I noted that they lack the plat­form to ex­pose their work so we are look­ing at ways to as­sist them.

“We will have three lo­cal artistes on Satur­day as a start­ing point, although we are open to oth­ers who wish to vol­un­tar­ily per­form. We in­tend to host the con­certs at least once a month with more artistes,” she said, adding the in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed Ur­ban Trace TV and other global me­dia houses would at­tend the launch.

She fur­ther stated that they were work­ing flat out to se­cure spon­sor­ship for some lo­cal acts to at­tend a Project Room fes­ti­val in South Africa this win­ter.

MEM­BERS of the South African reg­gae/rock band Ti­dal Waves.

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