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More local presence at SA arts festival

Mohalenyane Phakela
Maseru

Lineo SegoeteMORE local artistes have been invited to represent the country in this year’s edition of the South African Jammin’ n Ting festival to be held in Ficksburg from April 18-21.

The annual event, which is now in its fifth year, encompasses a diversity of artistic fields ranging from deejays and musicians to crafts of various kinds.

Over the years, Jammin’ n Ting’s profile has grown to become an arena for creative expression for artistes from around South Africa.

In 2013, Ragga Vybz were the only Lesotho act at the show, and the reggae movement has once again been invited.
This time around they will be joined by local afro-jazz sensation Pitso Rah Makhula and painters Gat Quality.

Local sculptor, scriptwriter and artist, Lineo Segoete, has also been commissioned to document the whole festival, as well as promote it here in Lesotho.
“Since the festival is incorporating more local artistes, it is only befitting that we have a crowd from around Lesotho supporting them,” Segoete told Xpress People on Thursday.
“Artistes perform better when they have support, especially from people they are familiar with, who can interpret their style effectively.
“It is with great pleasure to see local acts getting international exposure as this will help broaden their spheres, and help more people appreciate talent brewed in this country.
“I believe this is just the beginning of greater things to come, as it is our dream to move beyond the Free State province (where Jammin’ n Ting is being held) and go global,” she said.

Ragga Vybz Sound System have since told Xpress People they are looking forward to the festival and prepared to blow fans away once again.
“We are looking forward to this platform that we have been accorded once again,” the group said.
“It gives us the opportunity to interact and forge relationships with artistes from around South Africa.
“For instance, we met Johannesburg dancehall deejay, Fanta Jozi, who we managed to invite to our Summa Mash Up festival we hosted last December. Such interaction will help the local music scene reach other nations,” said Ragga Vybz.

Meanwhile, Jammin’ n Ting will be held in Naledi Village, Rustlers Valley, and will also see the likes of Mpande Core, DJ Kongisto, Menzi Maseko, Mpho Zetina, and Jazyritual, taking part.

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