By Lerato Matheka
MASERU — The capital comes alive this weekend with a warm-up party for the first Lesotho Summer Festival.
South Africa’s DJ Clock will be the guest performer when the duo of DJ Tseko and DJ Alex take on DJ Stone and Sir Sechaba at The Joint tomorrow night.
The real bash, at Setsoto Stadium next Saturday, will feature more than 25 artists and DJs, according to the festival’s organiser, Masiatlokotsi Events.
South African big names Teargas, HHP, Jozi and Alaska are billed to perform at the 24-hour bash alongside the likes of Mr Selwyn, DJ Moflava, DJ Mac G, Shimza, Speedy & Stoan, DJ El Que, Glen and Harris T.
DJ Mekonko and Counter Force are also scheduled to perform during the first entertainment event to be held at Setsoto Stadium since it closed for renovations in April 2008.
Masiatlokotsi Events managing director Isaac Masia told the Weekender they planned to make the festival an annual event.
“We are bringing big names from South Africa to add the festive fever to Maseru and this is one of the biggest events in the history of the local entertainment calendar,” he said.
“The event is going to be a three-day festival that will commence with a media launch on Thursday (today) followed by Friday’s pre-party session at The Joint with disc jockeys.
“Then the all-night session on Saturday 4th (December) will see more than 25 artists making their way to the stage to set Maseru alight.”
“This event is going to benefit Maseru and Lesotho at large as it is planned to be an annual event targeted at young people,” he added.
“It will keep the youth away from crime during festive season.
“The event is going to create business opportunities for young people to sell food and drinks in the arena.”
Masia said local artists will also get a fair share of the cake.
“Local artists are booked and paid fairly just like international artists, and treatment will be the same at the VIP area,” he said.