MASERU — The Free State Orchestra of Chinese Music on Saturday serenaded a near-capacity crowd at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre with sweet oriental music.
The concert was organised by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Lesotho.
Diplomats and businessmen were among the audience, which also included Chinese Ambassador to Lesotho Gao Deyi as well as Youth, Sports and Recreation Minister Mathabiso Lepono.
“The Chinese civilisation with a long history behind it has contributed tremendously to the progress of human civilisation,” Gao said.
“As an extraordinary treasure, the traditional Chinese folk music embodies the elegance of harmony.
“I believe the concert tonight, as a bridge of friendship between the two peoples, will promote the popularity of Chinese folk music among Basotho people.”
The Free State-based orchestra combines traditional Chinese instruments and music with more available and known Western music.
On Saturday the youthful troupe played flutes, clarinets, violins, violas, cellos, bassoons, trumpets and trombones with the aplomb of veteran Chinese musicians.
The ensemble wowed the audience with tunes such as the Suite of Roses, A Trip to Gusu City, Dance Song of Yao Tribe and Fishing Sampan in the Sunset.
The Free State Orchestra of Chinese Music is the only traditional Chinese musical ensemble in Africa.