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Dancehall gig to set Maseru alight

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MASERU — A show to change people’s perceptions about dancehall and hip hop music will be held at Meloding Club on Thursday.
The Dancehall and Hip Hop Show Night is being organised by a group of local emcees and dancers.
Tefah Selassie, one of the organisers, said it was unfortunate that many people associated the two genres with outlaws and gangsters.
“We are hosting this show to help change this attitude,” Selassie, who is also known as Selector T, said.
“We felt that it is high time we mobilise Basotho to support dancehall and hip hop music, two genres which are slowly growing in the country.”
Selassie said he is working with his peers from the Dancehall Shockers Entertainment Crew, a group of local Rastafarians.
Hip-hop star Kommanda Obbs and dancehall musos Sledge, Bingleton, Sabhat, Black Moss, and Ragger Beast are expected to perform at the show.
DJ Ang-ca will be taking care of business behind the turntables.
Selector T said they had been hosting the dancehall sessions every Thursday night since February last year.
“We started the mobilisation last year after meeting an artiste from Swaziland who was visiting the country,” he said.
He however said the sessions were not successful because most Basotho did not appreciate dancehall music.
“We are bringing a local flavour to the production so people should support our efforts, instead of comparing local dancehall to Jamaican dancehall,” he said.
King of Shwa (Sahle Selassie), a member of the Dancehall Shockers Entertainment crew told XpressPeople that the music was all about the message.
People needed to listen to the message of the music not the rhythm if they are to appreciate it.
“Where dancehall originates its main role is to deliver useful messages so we are not going to lose that plot; we would rather just add a local feel to it,” King Shwa said.

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