By Mohalenyane Phakela
MASERU — Chocolate Soul and Magic In Progress (CSMIP) last Saturday set Litaleng ablaze with one of the most explosive hip-hop shows the city has seen in a very long time.
The event, dubbed Dream Lights, was made possible by Refiloe Thoahlane on graphics, Thulo Monyake and Tšepo Mohlakoana organising the sound, while the administration was handled by Kutloano Sehloho and Tefo Kabi.
Dream Lights sought to prove that local artistes do not need foreign acts to hold outstanding shows, which it accomplished in spectacular fashion as the swanky joint was packed with fans.
Rappers such as Chocolate Soul, Basali All-stars, L-Tore and Nirex made sure fans got more than what they had bargained for, belting out killer-performances which had the bumper audience singing along.
The star-studded line-up also included OGM, CSMIP, Durrty F, Rifle 3 Shots and Blaze, with the popular dance Twerking (drawn from the words twist and jerk) which was done by local girls, proving very popular on the night.
An overhead projection screen was erected for the audience to see pictures from the group’s previous shows and also local rappers’ music videos.
Revelers had the time of their lives, reluctantly leaving in the early hours of Sunday.
Speaking at the show, actor Matli Mohapeloa said he saw so much growth in local music, adding the rappers “really have the skills” to uplift the entertainment industry.
According to one of the organisers of the show, Refiloe “Chocolate Soul” Thoahlane, the intention was to convince fans that local artists can hold gigs without including foreign acts.
“Our main objective was to convince people into appreciating local talent, and for them to realise that we can pull a massive bash without featuring acts from outside the country,” Thoahlane said.
“Since corporate companies resort to foreign acts more than local artistes whenever they have events, we would like to get to a point where we are able to profit from our own shows, and all this can be achieved through this kind of support we got tonight.
“I would like to see the public not attending events done by corporate companies that do not comprise a line-up that has 95 percent as local artistes.”