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Alliance Française show thrills revelers

Mohalenyane Phakela

REUNION Islands-hailing band, TIAS gave a riveting debut performance in Lesotho which left revelers asking for more at Ouh lala Café on Friday.

The four piece band comprising of Mathias Vienne, Aniel David, Patrice Gence and Hubert Marcelin performed as part of the Alliance Francaise’s Fete de la Musique.

They performed alongside Lesotho’s very own The Maniacs who did not disappoint either, despite only being three months in the music business.

TIAS still managed an engaging and energetic performance despite singing in predominantly French and Creole lyrics. The standout songs included Aster Nous L’est la (loosely translated to mean ‘now we are here’) which they described as a liberation song encouraging people to focus on creating a better future better regardless of their history.

They also performed Oh Dalon (a song about friendship) as well as Leson L’est Bon and Mon Empire.

Band leader, Vienne told Xpress People that they were looking forward to returning to Lesotho due to the positive response they were given.

“We have been looking forward to this performance from the moment we got billed to come to Lesotho just by learning that it is a kingdom in the mountains,” Vienne said.

“Although we use very little English in our songs, our music is a multicultural project and different nations can relate to the message of unity, slavery and forgiveness. Our performance needs an open mind from the audience and that is something we witnessed today.

“At first Africans were sold to Reunion Islands as slaves but today they intermarry with whites and that proves we are now living together in harmony. That is the message we preach in our songs.

“Lesotho is beautiful just like the Reunion Islands. Although we were not able to tour other parts of the country and are leaving for Johannesburg tomorrow, we cannot wait to come back because the people felt our message.”

Meanwhile, lead singer, Prince Prince of The Maniacs said they were honoured to share the stage with an established band despite being only three months old.

“Being entrusted with performing at such a huge show proves that we are already making an impact as there are many bands that came long before us.

“We mostly play reggae which is not confined to any race as it is appreciated worldwide and we believe that was the reason why we were invited to perform.”

He said this had opened doors for them as they were approached by a lodge owner who asked them to perform at his joint.

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