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Bashes lined up for King’s birthday


DJ MekonkoMohalenyane Phakela

AHEAD of King Letsie III’s birthday celebrations, Maseru-based upmarket bar and cocktail lounge, Times Café, is set to host a bash commemorating the event.

The shindig will be held on Thursday, on the eve of His Majesty’s 52nd birthday. King Letsie III was born at Scott Hospital in Morija on July 17 1963 and named Mohato Bereng Seeiso. He was christened into the Roman Catholic Church as David.

The monarch was named King Letsie III after King Letsie I, the eldest son of King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the Basotho nation.

According to organiser, Montoeli ‘Moleli, the event will be different from the bashes the Kingsway Road-based joint has held before. Among other things, revelers can look forward to old school jams.

“Times Café always hosts parties booming with the latest sounds of either House or Hip-Hop music, which mostly cater for the young generation,” ‘Moleli said.

“This time around, we intend to make things different with the sounds of the good old days. The reason for this is to serve people whose tastes we have been sidelining during our shows and to cater for genres that are usually least considered when events are planned around town.”

He added that no specific line-up was planned for the show with the focus mainly on celebrating King Letsie III’s birthday.

“The show will be different from the usual because we will not be promoting any high profile artist but will feature deejays who have played at Times Café before and dishing out old school classics, irrespective of the genre as long as it is good music,” said ‘Moleli.

“Since the event is meant to celebrate the head of this nation, we will have what we call a ‘King’s discount’ where revelers will be able to buy their preferred beverages at a lower price.”

Meanwhile, the newly-opened Hlotse-based joint, The Ozone, is set to hold a similar event commemorating King Letsie III’s birthday starting on Thursday. Dubbed “The Royal Weekend”, the proceeds of the two-day bash will also be donated to charity.

Co-owned by Khare Mosilikoane and Ralineo Makholela, The Ozone was opened a fortnight ago amid pomp and fanfare with South African singer and actor Brian Themba performing alongside local acts.

Mosilikoane told Xpress People this past week that The Ozone was established to help relinquish Maseru’s stranglehold on the country’s entertainment scene. He said they would provide Hlotse-based patrons keen on celebrating the His Majesty’s milestone “with the best entertainment ever”.

“Since the King’s birthday will be held here in Hlotse, we are planning to have a two-day party on Thursday and Friday night,” Mosilikoane said.

“The birthday eve bash will just be a night of music and fun as we await the big day, while on Friday, after the formal celebrations are over, we will continue with the party.

“However, the show will have a different twist in that the proceeds thereof will be donated to a charity organisation of the (Leribe) district attorney’s choice.

Lined up to perform during the two nights are South African acts, DJ Shaxe from OFM and DJ Bobo from Soweto. The duo will share the stage with the local contingent of disc spinners namely Mekonko, Tseko, Harris T, Napolenah, Tshepzadj, Bootz and Kopper among others.


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