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Maseru Beach Party drowned out by water

by Lesotho Times
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Mohalenyane Phakela

THE fourth edition of the annual summer festival Maseru Beach Party, which was held on the shores of Maqalika Dam on Saturday, failed to live up to the fanfare of its inception.

To their credit, the organisers had pulled out all the stops to make it the “beach” party a success, with tents for revelers to shield them from the scotching sun during the day and in the event of rain falling. Canoes and speed boats were also available for those keen on taking a ride across the dam. The sound system was also on point and could be heard from afar.

However, despite the meticulous preparations, the expected deluge of revelers was not forthcoming with the first two editions of 2011 and 2012 still ranking highly in terms of attendance. The festival has become synonymous with huge turnouts and notorious traffic. The heavy rains which have resulted in the dam swelling, with little room for the bash, also contributed to toning down the much anticipated event.

As a result, organisers were unable to put the sand normally used for playing beach volleyball and soccer since it would have made the dance-floor even smaller.

Apart from that, there were not as many scantily clad ladies as in previous editions.

The question that continues to linger is; was it the weather that marred attendance or has the Maseru Beach Party lost its mojo? Hopefully, the fifth edition will prove naysayers wrong.

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