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‘Festival of the year’ lives up to expectations  


Mohalenyane Phakela

The seventh annual Vodacom Summa Feva lived up to expectations once again as revelers packed Setsoto Stadium on Friday evening for the all-night music extravaganza dubbed the ‘festival of the year’.

With tickets being sold out two days before the gig, it was always going to be a humdinger of a show with some of the best local and South African musicians and deejays in the line-up.

Fans had a time of their lives and were still screaming for more at around 9am yesterday when the show came to a close, despite dancing the night away as each and every act gave his or her all.

South African rapper, Reason, who was performing in Lesotho for the first time, told Xpress People that this was one of his best shows and also said he could not believe the response he received from the fans as he belted out tune after tune. And when he came down from the stage, the artist could not help but spend time with the fans who swarmed all over him.

“This is my first time in this country, but then you people know how to treat your guests,” said the Bump the Cheese Up rapper.

“I have always wanted to visit this country but never got the privilege to do so until today. My deejay, Akio, has been here before and told me how great this country is. But he never told me how the fans can go crazy,” said Reason, born Sizwe Moeketsi in Tembisa, South Africa.

Akio confirmed visiting Lesotho in 2011, but said he never had the kind of reception he was accorded this time around.

Reason joined the hip-hop industry at a very tender age as a street-battle-cat who also took part in numerous competitions.

However, he began making headlines when his single, Walk on Water, became the sound-track of the movie Otelo Burning. The rapper performed his popular tracks as well as his upcoming singles to prove that he is not a one-hit artist.

On the other hand, local rapper, Juvy, also told the Sunday Express he felt blessed and privileged performing against foreign artists.

“Although this is not my first time sharing the stage with South African artists, it is always a pleasure to have them in our midst especially on the same stage as they help us maintain our standards and build our self-esteem.

“Basing myself on today’s performance, I believe I have what it takes to compete on the international stage, which is something I keep drawing from the crowd’s response every time we have international acts,” he said.

Artists such as Casper Nyoyest had the excited and surging crowd pushing down the barrier-fence as if this was his first time performing in the country. The fans could not get enough of the South African as they scaled the barrier just to be close to him as he gave the people what they had come to see and hear. The likes of KO, MsCosmo and Heavy Kof South Africa  also proved that they had to be in Lesotho once again as the crowd went crazy when they took to the stage.

Other foreign artists at the show included Heavy K, Shimza, Dr Malinga, and Oskido, while the Lesotho flag was being proudly flown by the likes of MIP, Juvy, Pablodj, Davertz, and DJ Dee Pee.

South African house-group, Black Motion, played till around 7am when, house-mixer, Nastee Nev, took over to wrap up the show. He was on stage till 9am, with revelers reluctantly leaving Setsoto Stadium.

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