MASERU — South African artists DJ Sbu and Zakes Bantwini arrived four hours late for the Vandal Invades Roma Party on Friday.
But that barely counted as the two went on to bring the house down with heavy kwaito and house beats that drenched revellers until the early hours of the morning.
Mindful that DJ Sbu arrived nine hours late for a show at Bambatha Tsita Sports Arena a fortnight ago, doubtful revellers prudently waited outside and only paid when they saw the artists arrive.
Just about 10 people had made their way into the venue, enjoying music by local DJs Karma K and Marcs before DJ Sbu and Zakes’ appearance.
Arriving in a convoy in grand style, DJ Sbu and Zakes left their BMW car to climb at the back of a Nissan Navara.
National University of Lesotho Students’ Representative Council members accompanied Sbu and Zakes, shouting “Hoi hoi Sbu is here so come along”.
This, they said, was to lure merry makers into leaving bars around the campus to attend the show.
Traffic came to a halt as fans went crazy at the sight of the stars.
Soon after the South African duo made their way into Machabeng, fans flocked in and at that time local DJ Pozzino was pumping deep house tunes.
The venue had over 150 revellers hitting it on the dance floor by the time another curtain raiser, local spinner DJ Thabie, took to the turntables
Then it was time for the South African act.
Zakes, a celebrated vocalist, took to the stage and warmed revellers with his hit songs High, Clap Your Hands and Bum Bum.
Throughout his hour-long performance, Zakes kept the audience on its feet.
As soon as Zakes stepped off the stage, the Vandal team opened the gates and allowed people to get in for free.
“This was a payback show for the disappointment. So we made sure that when Sbu made his way to the stage, everyone would have the privilege of witnessing his performance,” Sekeele Monese, from DJ Sbu’s promotional team in Lesotho told the Weekender.
Monese said the show could have been even bigger if the duo had arrived on time.
“Fans just waited outside the venue saying they would only pay when they see Zakes and Sbu.”
“This was understandable because some South African artistes have failed to pitch up for shows in the past,” said Monese.
He said local promoters were experiencing cultural differences with their South African partners.
“They have a perception that partying starts as late as midnight whereas Lesotho’s night life starts as early as six in the evening,” he said.
Monese said the artistes’ late arrival led to the cancellation of a scheduled promotional breakfast.
Trevor Madondo, DJ Sbu’s Vandal Authentic Wear clothing label partner, said Sbu and Zakes missed their flights.
“Our plans of arriving here on time were changed when both artistes missed their flights. We then resorted to driving,” he said.