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Local music festival coming

Lerato Matheka

 MASERU — Jazz, gospel, famo, mpaqanga and mokorotlo.

All these genres will be on show when a festival organised by the Lesotho Music Rights Association (LMRA) takes place at Maseru Club on October 10.

Up to 22 local artists have been billed for the gala. Jazz star Fatere will also perform.

The festival will see the likes of famo artists Mantša, Sefako Sa Menoaneng, Puseletso Seema, Senoko Mahase and Ramosa Bosiu performing alongside gospel stars Khahliso Mphephoka and Francis Ntlhoki.

“As part of the association’s mandate to protect the rights of artists and to ensure development in the music industry, the festival was planned to provide a platform for LMRA members to showcase their music to the local public while attracting more membership from other local artists who have not joined,” LMRA spokesperson Ramosa Bosiu told Xpress People.

“The festival is going to see performances from 22 artists from five different genres.”

The festival, according to Bosiu, is going to be a day’s affair.

The performing artists will be allowed to sell their products during the show.

“We had hoped the festival could carry on from morning until the next day but Maseru Club could not authorise that due to security reasons,” Bosiu said.

“But the set time will on the other hand allow all ages to come and see blazing performances.”

He said an entry fee of M50 will be charged per person.

“From the gate-takings, the association is going to get 20 percent while all artists to perform at the festival will share 80 percent of the proceedings,” Bosiu said.

“The festival is one of the many events on the association’s calendar of activities,” he added.

“We are not going to incorporate non-members in our line-ups for activities because we want to end up one big happy family of artists benefiting from gestures of this kind.”

He said the festival would in future rotate throughout the country “to reach our fans across the country”.

“With time we are going to hold a three-day festival to satisfy diverse crowds,” Bosiu said.

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