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Dancehall plants seed in Lesotho

Mohalenyane Phakela

MASERU — With the escalating followership of Dancehall music in the country, Ragga Vybz in collaboration with Shatta Kulcha hosted Lesotho’s first-ever Reggae music festival at Victoria Poolside yesterday.

The Dancehall Summa Mash-up festival was aimed at establishing the reggae culture in Lesotho.

“The love of Dancehall music is rapidly growing in Lesotho and it was only fit that we host the first-ever massive bash,” said Chere “Selektah Che” Mongangane in an interview with the Weekender on Tuesday.

“This is basically to reach out to other people to stop associating the genre with ‘weed’ but perceive it as another soothing sound.”

“International artistes establish links in other countries and it becomes easier for local artistes to perform abroad.”

He also mentioned that since artistes like Busy Signal from Jamaica will be having tours in Africa, it is also their dream that they somehow end up in Lesotho.

The event will see DJ Fanta, Faya Uman and Momo Dread (all from South Africa) share the stage with Zimbabwean Baldras and local acts C-Jo, Selekta T, Don Guru, Talisman King, Blaze, Sledge lang, and Pitso Ramakhula.

Local craftsmen were given the chance to showcase their artistic inventions like paintings, bead, leather works and T-shirts.

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