Cultural gig to promote patriotism among youths

MASERU — The annual Monyaka ha Moshoeshoe event will be held next Saturday at Durham Link.

One of the organisers of the festive, Tlali Mapetla, told the Weekender the event seeks to  encourage patriotism amongst youths by celebrating the legacy of the founder of the Basotho nation, King Moshoeshoe.

Mapetla said the event would be celebrated under the theme Basotho Kopanang!

“The event was started in 2010 and it seeks to define culture and tradition within today’s popular culture by adding an entertainment element,” he said.

It also aims to encourage patriotism as well as enhance entrepreneurship amongst the youths.

He added: “By including a strictly local music line-up, Monyaka also aims to legitimise local talent and provide a significant platform for the growing local music industry.”

Mapetla said the line-up of Monyaka ha Moshoeshoe includes genres ranging from hip hop to famo.

Hip hop stars Royale, Kommanda Obbs, L-Tore and Chocolate Soul were expected to perform at this year’s show alongside famo artiste Honye.

Lihoba tsa Leribe would also add a cultural touch by performing traditional dances, while local DJs Mekonko, Macs on The Decks, Tseko, Angca, Hypnotic Soulz, Dallas T and Charmza Exzit will keep the audience entertained until the early hours of the morning.

Mapetla said the event failed to take place last year because of venue problems.

“We failed to host Monyaka ha Moshoeshoe last year because the venue we held the inaugural event was not available and we couldn’t find an alternative venue in time,” he said.

“The event is an outdoor, picnic set-up targeting at least 3 000 people between the ages 21 to 45. It starts during the day with exhibitions and then performances.”

The event will also showcase arts and crafts, with stalls and displays around the venue.

“Entertainment is one of the most significant ways of bringing people together and by merging it with culture and heritage, we help in maintaining our tradition in today’s ever-changing society,” Mapetla said.

Basutoland Ink, Blankets and Bling and Music 101 are organising this year’s event.

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