Durham Link venue for festival

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By Mohalenyane Phakela

MASERU — Durham Link in Maseru East is the venue for a musical fiesta dubbed “Ntlali Summa Fest” on Sunday.

It is not every day that you hear or attend a show that offers all genres of music.

The show will cater for everyone regardless of age or taste of music, Ntlali Lekhooa, the organiser of the event told the Weekender this week.

“The event will take a whole new different twist. The all-stars line-up that is billed to grace revellers that day comprises local acts only. We do not normally have a show in which there is a mixture of various music genres.

“We are also trying to unify the home-brewed acts just to show them that even if they compose different sounds, they can still work together.

“Besides that, there is so much talent here in Lesotho that needs exposure; the stage will be open to anyone who believes he or she has what it takes to be a star.”

Lekhooa says she is working closely with DJ Tseko’s entertainment outfit, Kuna Sounds, to scout and spot talent that needs polishing.

“Our youth who wish to pursue music as a full-time career are held back by lack of finance and so they never have the chance to show the world what they can do.

“Although this is the first show I am presenting to music lovers, I will use it as the vehicle through which I am going to help local upcoming artists establish themselves as brands,” she says.

Lekhooa says she has learnt to appreciate local talent through her son who aspires to be a star in the near future.

“I have watched my son imitate other singers as he grows up, but I am even more surprised to realise that he has started writing his own material.

“His passion has inspired me to help develop local music which is not getting much appreciation. It has now become my mission to upgrade it. Lesotho has lots to offer in the arts…”

Besides, she said, Basotho working or studying in other countries do not have much awareness of what Lesotho has to offer, so this will be their chance to take pride in their country.

Among other names the list of performers is made up of Ragga Vybz crew, Damario, Nde, Skebz-D, Maseru Ten Stars and a wide array of deejays that will be playing different sounds from old school to contemporary club tunes.

 

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