VICTORY Centre is set to relaunch its restaurant and arts hub on 11 December 2015 at its new base along Moshoeshoe II road in Maseru.
According to Victory Centre Head of Corporate Affairs, Tšepo Mokhosi, they recently relocated from Pioneer Mall and would mark their relaunch with a show headlined by Lesotho-born songbird, Leomile “Leo” Motsetsela.
“Leomile, who is based in South Africa, will be supported by a number of local acts such as Chino El Vito, Sadon, Bible Verse, Atrax, Verbal Reigns, Ragga Vybz, Hloni, Mosili and Seki, as well as Zagro DJs featuring Lala and Linkeng to name a few,” he said.
“When we bring an artist from another country, it has to be someone who has strong connections to Lesotho, especially artists who were born here. Such people know what artists at home go through. Leomile, for one, began her career here and knows the struggles local artists face.”
Mokhosi said the facility’s purpose would be to promote and nurture budding talent by providing them a platform to perform.
“With the weekly Poetry Nights on Thursdays and the soon-to-return Jazz Nights on Friday, our aim is to become the hub of entertainment where legends are made,” he said.
“We intend to meet the needs of both established and up-and-coming artists by providing a platform for them to showcase what they have to offer.”
The idea of an arts hub, Mokhosi said, came about following the success of open-mic sessions they started while still at their previous location.
“We used to have open-mic sessions on Thursdays at Pioneer Mall and were able to host established artists such as Mpho Sefali, JC Crew and Mongali Nthako among others,” he said.
“We also managed to host fashion shows and art exhibitions among others. It became a meeting point for artists where collaborations were hatched and other synergies formed.”