MASERU — Local radio station Harvest FM will hold its 10th annual birthday celebrations at Setsoto Stadium on Saturday.
The festival, which was normally celebrated in July, has been set for November 30 at large capacity venue as it is going to be bigger than all the previous festivals.
“We normally host our annual celebrations at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre, but this being our 10th anniversary and basing ourselves on the response we have been getting, we believe the hall will not be able to accommodate the masses of people expected.
“The most convenient venue we got is Setsoto Stadium, but then we could not have an overnight event there during winter so we decided to have it now in summer,” station manager ‘Malichaba Lekhoaba told the Weekender on Monday.
She continued to say that the festival is dedicated to the nation as a whole.
“Harvest FM believes that in this past ten years, it has served more than just the Christian community but the Basotho nation as a whole and so we will be doing things differently this time.
“Like our previous celebrations, we will have children aged 10 and younger showcase their dancing skills on stage. We were hoping to have 10-year-old only this year as we are turning 10 but due to the fact that their response was not good, we included the younger ones too.
“For the first time in the history of the station, we will have Famo artistes performing for Basotho.
“We are actually trying to lure them into praising God through their music rather than scorning each other in their songs.”
Among the star-studded list of the day’s acts, there will be stage performances by South African gospel sensations; the multi-award winner Rebecca Malope, Lesego, Paul Leoake, Shongwe and Afro-pop group Malaika, which has now drifted to gospel music.
Local acts will include Majara, Machesa, Puseletso Seema, Mohale oa Lioling, Sentšo and Mosotho Chakela.
Lekhoaba also said that although the event is open for everyone, it is mostly the youth that they are targetting.
“It has come to our attention that the youth attend festivals that contribute towards the destruction of their lives. Since they are the future leaders of Lesotho, we want to show them that they can still have fun while praising God.
“We have brought along Malaika because the youth have always been following their music, so they will be showing our youth that they can still have fun whilst praising God,” said Lekhoaba.