MAQALIKA will once again be the entertainment hot spot this Saturday as the fourth edition of one of Lesotho’s most sought-after summer festivals, the Maqalika Beach Party, roars into life.
There is nothing quite like a “beach” party to announce the advent of the festive season; the sand between the toes, the waves lapping against the shore, dancing around a crackling bonfire, ice-cold beers and of course the sultry beats booming out of the speakers.
Since its inception in 2011, the festival is usually held in the first Saturday of December with the intention to spice up the entertainment scene by affording revelers the experience of a beach despite Lesotho being hundreds of kilometres from the coast.
If the past three editions of the festival are anything to go by, it will not only be youths gathering at Maqalika’s shores with a steady growth of more mature revelers also joining the fray.
According to one of the organisers, Sir Schaba, there have been attempts to launch various themed events, although most of them have not caught on with the exception of the beach party.
“We saw a loophole in the local entertainment scene and thought of taking advantage of that niche while also giving Basotho the opportunity of enjoy activities which mostly happen at beach parties,” said Sir Schaba.
“When we first started the beach parties, we anticipated they would have a shelf life of five years but fortunately they continue to grow in stature.”
He added that since the beach party concept has now become popular, they intend to broaden it with the inclusion of South African performers in the musical line-up. Previous editions only had local artists.
The star-studded line-up will feature such heavyweights as Khuli Chana, Cassper Nyovest, Vetkuk Vs Mahoota, Lulo Café and Shaxe alongside Kopper, Harris T, Drumkid, OGM, Chocolate Soul, Pablo DJ, Mekonko, Tshepzadj, Mr Spike, Boots, Dallas T, Dee Pee and Sir Schaba.
Also in store at the beach party is an array of activities which include beach volleyball and soccer as well as waterslides among others.