MASERU — No one goes home when DJ Clock is on the turntables.
It was the South African DJ’s job to rock the crowd at the pre-party of the first Annual All-weekend Summer Festival at The Joint in Lithabaneng, Maseru. He did not disappoint.
The crowd of over 200 revellers danced until the wee hours of the morning to Clock’s house music selections.
Before Clock took to the decks, locals DJ Alex and DJ Tseko as well as Bloemfontein’s Sir Sechaba had played for the crowd.
Revellers rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bongo Muffin’s Stoan and Speed — the fourth member who left the group early in its career.
The pair was also billed to perform in yesterday’s festival, alongside other big names like Teargas, Alaska and HHP.
Five disc jockeys were lined up to play at the party to generate hype for the Annual All-weekend Summer Festival which was due to be held at Setsoto Stadium yesterday. However DJ Stone from Bloemfontein did not show up.
Initially, the whole event looked like it was in danger of becoming a massive flop.
The session was set to start at 1900hrs but, as late as 2200hrs, when the party was supposed to be nearing its peak, the sound was only being set up.
Talking to Xpress People, one of the festival organisers, Phafa Tlokotsi, said they were delayed at the Maseru Bridge border post as they had sourced their sound system from the South African branch of their company.
“Organising this event has been a very tough journey,” Tlokotsi said.
“First, we were let down by local sponsors who promised to lend a hand but pulled out at the eleventh hour, then came the border gate which really caused a huge delay to today’s preparation.”
He said they had sourced sound and stage equipment for the festival from their sister company in South Africa. However, when they got to the border gate, they were asked to pay ridiculous amounts of money as the authorities thought they had bought the equipment.
“We are happy that the show is happening and as much as it is late, people are still flocking in to enjoy,” he said.
Stoan told Xpress People he was happy to return to Lesotho.
“I have a very long history with Lesotho, I have been performing in Lesotho since the days of Bo Thebe when I was his back-up dancer and vocalist and its been a while since I was in the country,” Stoan said.
“We are happy to be joining the fun before the actual big day. We arrived around nine and were held-up at the border but we are here to let people see that we are in the country and ready to make tomorrow a big day.”
He said he applauded promoters who are trying to take music to a different level.
“Lesotho houses talent, the likes of Bhudaza and Tshepo Tshola so we are here to show support for their initiative,” he said.
“There have been great festivals in the country and I hope this initiative will be a long term one as Lesotho deserves this. Combining local artists and South African artists will help measure the seriousness and development of Lesotho’s talent. I hope they keep it up.”