DJ Speed­sta, Loot­love head for Le­sotho

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT hotspot, Cuban Linx, will on Satur­day host South African disc spin­ner Speed­sta ( above) and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Loot­love ( right) in an event dubbed “Am­pli­fied Ses­sions”.

Lo­cal DJS, Trybz, Afrodj, Os­mic and NINE24, are also billed to spin the decks at the show which is or­gan­ised by OTB Events.

The 25-year-old Speed­sta gained re­pute for tracks such as Mayo, I Don’t Know and Spe

cial Some­body which have be­come pop­u­lar in Botswana, Swazi­land and Nige­ria among other coun­tries.

Since 2014, Speed­sta had been nom­i­nated for the DJ of the Year cat­e­gory gong at the South African Hip Hop Awards, and only man­aged to win the ac­co­lade last year.

Speed­sta has per­formed in Le­sotho a num­ber of times, and his shows were well re­ceived by lo­cal mu­sic fans.

He and Loot­love co-host the Ab­so­lut Hip Hop show on Metro FM which airs on Satur­days from 6pm to 10pm.

One of the show’s or­gan­is­ers, Sakhele Mabusetsa, told the Week­ender that Speed­sta was mak­ing a long-awaited re­turn to Leso- tho, while Loot­love was com­ing for the first time. Loot­love is also the host of the pop­u­lar SABC 1 show Live AMP.

“Speed­sta is now a recog­nised DJ and brand. He has been mak­ing waves in the en­ter­tain­ment scene across south­ern Africa while Loot­love will be mak­ing a greatly an­tic­i­pated de­but ap­pear­ance,” said Mabusetsa.

“Speed­sta has vis­ited Le­sotho nu­mer­ous times and was last in the coun­try in 2016 for two events in which he left rev­ellers ask­ing for more. That’s why we de­cided to bring him back.”

He also in­di­cated that bring­ing in South African acts was meant to fos­ter net­work­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion with lo­cal artists.

“Many artists in Africa are col­lab­o­rat­ing on mu­si­cal projects, but mu­si­cians from Le­sotho are be­ing left be­hind,” Mabusetsa said.

“So, the plan is to en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween lo­cal and for­eign artists dur­ing such events, so that our mu­si­cians can also per­form in for­eign lands. The last show we had was head­lined by DJ Shaxe from Bloem­fontein. There­after, he has been invit­ing the lo­cal DJS he was play­ing with at our show to his events in Bloem­fontein, which is what we are ex­pect­ing with Speed­sta,” he said.

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