MASERU — South
artiste Zahara is set to thrill local audiences when she performs at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre on December 22. Zahara’s show is part of the Lesotho Tourism Festival organised by the Ministry of Tourism for this festive season.
The Loliwe star will share the stage at the four-hour gig with another South African female artiste, Nomhle. The organiser, Montoeli ‘Moleli, said the tourism festival is introducing two concepts this year. “People were used to the jazz concert which is the main activity within the Lesotho Tourism Festival. This year we are introducing a new component called the Divas Concert that will be held at Convention Centre on December 22.” “The concert is aimed at featuring women in music. And for the introductory event we are bringing South Africa’s hottest female artistes, Zahara and Nomhle as the launching acts,” ‘Moleli said. He added: “The show will be a four-hour concert because we only have the two as performers.” The festival is aimed at promoting domestic and international tourism by offering good entertainment. “We have a lot of Basotho living in other countries so to bring them back home we are providing entertainment.” ‘Moleli said the festival hopes to attract not only Basotho living outside the country but also Batswana and Swazis because of their proximity and historical ties with Lesotho. He said within the concerts they will have a slide playing in the background to showcase tourism destinations in Lesotho.
“The festival does not only provide entertainment but also information about Lesotho’s tourist attractions.” The main jazz concert on December 24 will feature the likes of Stimela, Ringo, Nomhle and Stimela ‘HotStix’ Mabuse from South Africa alongside locals Bhudaza and Tehillah Africa. “The venue is yet to be confirmed for the main jazz concert but it promises fireworks because for the first time in seven years local jazz sensation Bhudaza will be playing. “It’s an honour
to have him on the line-up.” ‘Moleli said. He added: “We have learned over the years that Basotho love to party until the morning so we have a series of local and South African DJs to tune to old school music as the after-party of the jazz concert.” In anticipation of a large crowd of revellers at the two events organisers have planned to have a picnic at Maseru Club Car Wash on December 26.