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Four Hands Dinner lives up to billing

Mohalenyane Phakela

AS part of the French Week of Taste, Alliance Française de Maseru held a Four Hands Dinner Concert at Lesotho Sun Hotel on Wednesday night. The Alliance Française is an international organisation that aims to promote French language and culture around the world.

It was a night of gourmet food inspired by the French concept La Semaine du Gout initiated about 20 years ago and celebrated in all Francophone countries. The hotel’s convention centre was teeming with people from all walks of life and company representatives all eager to be part of the dinner concert.
“It is such an honour to accommodate you to our second event this week in celebration of the Week of Taste,” said Alliance Française de Maseru Director, Camille Pedereau, as she officially launched the event.

“Tonight is an opportunity for us to share this special moment and learn that simple food is healthy, easy and affordable.
“The Week of Taste is about the sharing of food, knowledge and experiences with surprises including tips and personal recipes from top chefs.
“We will have food prepared by French chef Thibaud Renard and Lesotho’s award-winning chef Ska Moteane, which makes it a Four Hands Dinner.
“The idea is to discover new food and taste experiences in collaboration with French and local chefs,” she said.
Michelin star chef, Thibaud Renard, and local international award-winning chef Ska Moteane awed the ravenous crowd with a healthy and scrumptious three course meal.
First off, the starters were served, consisting of an onion soup Au Emmeental Cheese Gratin with golden croutons, and half-done eggs with French mushrooms for vegetarians. The main course was a medium-rare rack of lamb crust with mashed potatoes served with Meroho ea Basotho vegetables. Crème Brulee was the dessert for the night.

The two chefs certainly lived to their billing as attested by the responses of the attendees, some of whom said they had their best meal ever.

Local Jazz and Gospel group, Tehilla Africa, was the opening act of the night, performing a number of renditions of popular songs from artists such as Keisha White while adding their own jazzy twist much to the delight of the obliging crowd.

Radio France award-winning band Smarty from Burkina Faso was the main act, taking to the stage after Tehilla Africa’s performance. The group consists of the lead vocalist, a drummer, acoustic guitarist and two other members playing traditional Burkina Faso instruments. The five-men band gave the audience a memorable night with the crowd showing their appreciation by staying on their feet throughout their performance. The group mostly performed songs from their album Afrikan Kouleurs.

Their sound is a fusion of traditional West African music and French hip Hop. While they could not speak English properly, they expressed appreciation for their time in Lesotho, saying the locals showed them a lot of love.

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