Morija hosts heritage festival
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.
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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.