Carnival wows revellers
THE public was treated to a colourful display and energetic dances during the 2017 edition of the Arts, Innovation and Culture Week Carnival which took place in Maseru on Friday.
The carnival began at ‘ Manthabiseng Convention Centre at about 11am and made its way to the Maseru Club grounds.
The entertainers were led by superbikes whose revving and rhythmic sounds were complemented by the energetic performances of cadet dancers as well as traditional dancers who included Mokhibo and Mohobelo.
The carnival also featured a gigantic impression of the Mokorotlo hat which is one of the best known symbols of Basotho traditions.
The hat was inspired by the shape of the Qiloane Mountain in Thaba Bosiu which King Moshoeshoe I used as his fortress during the nineteenth century wars.
Last year’s Mokorotlo became a laughing stock that drew virulent criticism with some people saying it was a disgrace to have such an “ugly” impression when the country had so many tal- ented people who could design something more aesthetically appealing.
The criticism must have hit home as this time around there was a much more attractive design. Unlike last year’s which was made from plastic and mounted on a car, this year’s was made of grass and looked exactly like the Mokorotlo hat, except that it was big and had its own wheels for mobility.
It also had stairs and featured a stage which Tourism Minister, ‘Mamotsie Motsie, used for her speech at Maseru Club.
Motsie said that the Arts, Innovation and Culture week was held to recognise and promote arts in the country as the aim was to develop the sector to become a major contributor to economic development.
“The government decided three years ago to commemorate arts and culture as this is one of the sectors that can boost our economy and tourism influx while preserving our heritage,” Motsie said.
“It is true that several countries rely on the arts as the pillar of their economies and we would not want to be left behind when we have such a rich history and talented people.
“We value our heritage and we have also invited other nationalities living in Lesotho to celebrate with us and showcase their diverse cultures just as (Basotho nation founder King) Moshoeshoe I asked his people not to discriminate against outsiders but treat them well.”
Her speech was also followed by performances from various local artistes including Famo’s Sefako sa Menoaneng, Lithoko and the cadet dancers.
The minster and her guests who included Chinese and French embassies representatives walked around the stalls and tasted the variety of traditional dishes on offer.
TOURISM Minister ‘Mamotsie Motsie. BMW matchbox spinners perform stunts during the carnival. LAST year’s Mokorotlo. FAMO artist Sefako sa Menoaneng. 2017 Mokorotlo.