Morija hosts heritage fes­ti­val

Sunday Express - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THETSANE-BASED record­ing com­pany, Penya Play, lost M34 250 worth of stu­dio equipment which was al­legedly stolen on Wed­nes­day night.

Penya Play is home to artistes that in­clude Mega Hertz, Malome Vec­tor, Kop­per Waleh and Irysh Da Princess.

Rap­per/pro­ducer, Mega Hertz, re­cently nar­rated to Xpress Peo­ple how they found their equipment miss­ing on Thurs­day morn­ing upon ar­rival at the stu­dio.

“We found the lock bro­ken and we sus­pect it was forced open with a hard metal which was lodged be­tween the

Mdoor and the frame,” Mega Hertz said.

“The record­ing equipment in­clud­ing a key­board, sound card as well as a lap­top and com­puter, worth a com­bined total of M34 250 were taken and the only thing left be­hind was a ta­ble. We do not have a sus­pects at the moment but we im­me­di­ately re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.”

He said the stu­dio was si­t­u­ated in a rented flat and from the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by a neigh­bour, they be­lieved the rob­bery was com­mit­ted at about 11pm on Wed­nes­day.

He said the neigh­bour told them that he heard sounds of the door be­ing opened but thought it was the Penya Play team and there­fore ig­nored the in- ORIJA Mu­seum and Archives (MMA) will on 7 Oc­to­ber host a Heritage Mu­sic and Arts Day fea­tur­ing art and crafts ex­hibi- tions.

The en­trance free event will also fea­ture the screen­ing of the heritage film, Ho Llela Borena in The Hub.

There will also be a dis­cus­sion about Ba­sotho’s heritage and cul­ture ti­tled Con­ver­sa­tions at Morija #3.

The cu­ra­tor of the dis­cus­sion, Ler­ato Bereng, de­scribed it as “a space where his­tory, the present and the fu­ture are equally mal­leable to pro­pose al­ter­na­tive ways of think­ing, re­flect­ing and look­ing for­ward”.

Jazz out­fit, JC Crew will also en­ter­tain the crowd with live mu­sic in the am­phithe­atre.

MMA is a non-profit cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion on lo­cal his­tory, heritage and com­mu­nity-based tourism, the arts, science and the en­vi­ron­ment. It was es­tab­lished by the Le­sotho Evan­gel­i­cal Church of South­ern Africa in 1956.

MMA Mar­ket­ing and Pro­mo­tions Man­ager, cident.

He said there was an at­tempted rob­bery in Jan­uary this year when some peo­ple at­tempted to en­ter through the win­dow be­fore be­ing scared off by the neigh­bours who had heard them.

“All the ma­te­rial we were work­ing on is gone in­clud­ing my mix-tape which was due for re­lease later this year. It was saved on the com­puter and backed up on the lap­top.

“We are frus­trated by the in­ci­dent and do not know what to do. We will wait for the po­lice to find the cul­prits and re­cover our prop­erty.”

He of­fered a M6 000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the cul­prits and the return of the equipment. Thato Phak­isi, re­cently told Xpress Peo­ple that the cel­e­bra­tion was aimed at sen­si­tis­ing Ba­sotho on the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing their heritage.

“Through this event we are us­ing dif­fer­ent el­e­ments to re­call where we are from as a na­tion, where we are and what the fu­ture holds for us,” Phak­isi said.

“We will fo­cus on how our heritage has evolved since in­de­pen­dence in 1966. It is so sad that our youth pay lit­tle at­ten­tion to our heritage but rather fo­cus on what is trend­ing on the in­ter­net.

“Con­ver­sa­tions, which will be held for the third time, is a pro­gramme through which we cre­ate a plat­form for in­tel­lec­tu­als to dis­cuss the past, present and fu­ture, shy­ing away from the pol­i­tics in or­der to avoid step­ping on oth­ers’ toes.”

She said it was also im­por­tant for Ba­sotho to pro­tect their heritage so that other na­tions can re­spect it too, adding this started with speak­ing proper Se­sotho.

She also said that the mu­seum of­fered an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the rich­ness of Sotho cul­ture which is rarely ex­plored by Ba­sotho and that could be done through the mu­seum tour.

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