BEREA — The major ingredient to a great party is good music.
The star-studded line-up of performers from South Africa and Lesotho made the first annual Kome Beer and Glamping Festival one not to be forgotten last Saturday at Kome Caves.
The organiser of the festival, Tangerine Inc., made it big by enlisting the maker of the ratchet 2012 smash hit Chimsoro, the young woman destined by song to be the best Africa has to offer.
Born and raised in Maseru as Malehloka Hlalele, Maleh wowed the crowds at Kome that night with her enchanting voice.
She performed songs from her new afro-soul album Step Child fuelled by intuition, sensuality and creativity inspired by her strong desire to incorporate her cultural roots with the urban vibe.
Songs such as Under My Skin and the title track Step Child add an unshakeable warmth of her heart and search for her own self-worth as she, like many young women, embarks on the often difficult journey to womanhood.
The album has been receiving lots of air play on commercial radio stations across South Africa and Lesotho, topping radio singles charts.
Speaking to the Weekender at the festival Maleh said that she is so in love with her home country.
“I always feel honoured every time I have to perform here in Lesotho. Due to my busy schedule these are some of the only few moments that I get to behold the beautiful mountainous country.
“I also praise Tangerine Inc. for this exciting initiative. I mean, it makes me so happy when so much is done to market Lesotho’s tourist attraction sides.
“I believe this is the first time Basotho experience an entertainment galore of this nature and I am very proud to be part of it,” said Maleh with her characteristic smile.
Maleh also performed her hit single with D2a-Majoe leader Kommanda Obbs titled Naledi (star) which she describes as a song about the light of one’s life.
Also gracing the stage was Mozambique-South African duo 340ml Sound System, The Muffinz, D2a-Majoe, Bhudaza, Kolu Band and several local deejays.
The festival saw Southern African craft brewers showcase their recipes with a variety of stouts, lagers and ales.
The event also catered for non-beer drinkers and offered a wide range of outdoor activities such as horse-riding, quad bikes and paint ball guns.