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Local acts to perform at SA festival


Mohalenyane Phakela

TŠEPE music exponents Kommanda Obbs and JCob as well as songstress Leomile Motsetsela will represent Lesotho at the Back To The City Youth Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27 April 2016.

Organised by South Africa’s Ritual Media Group, the annual youth festival is regarded as the biggest Hip Hop gathering in Africa. Now in its 10th year, the festival has become the biggest outlet and platform for the Hip Hop community.

Among the activities lined up for the event include live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions.

The local acts will share the stage with South African heavyweights such as Elzhi, AKA, Reason, L-Tido, HHP, Pro, Riky Rick, Fifi Cooper, Emtee, Dimples, Nadia Nakai, Speedsta, Kwesta, Switch, C-Live, Soosh and Chad Da Don among others.

Ritual Media Group director Osmic Menoe told Xpress People that Basotho artistes had become an integral part of the festival.

“This is not the first time we are having artistes from Lesotho perform at the stadium as we had Hymphatic Thabs in the past shows,” Menoe said this past week.

“Thabs has been iconic in building the South African hip hop scene as an MC and he was one of the first underground guys to do so independently. He is still relevant to the hip-hop scene.

“Kommanda is very refreshing and very unique since the scene is filled with monotonous sounds and styles. Lesotho has always had flavour if you listen to the traditional music and see the traditional attire. It only makes sense for an artist of that influence to sound amazing.”

The festival which attracted an estimated 23 000 people last year will begin with an educational summit to afford artistes the opportunity to exchange ideas with the media, advertising and music business sectors.

“The aim of these workshops is to effectively empower the artist with as much knowledge to enable her or him to efficiently administrate their career and brand growth,” Mr Menoe said.


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