Morija readiness show rocks

MASERU — If last Saturday’s road show was a glimpse into this year’s Morija Arts and Cultural Festival, then a massive gala is on the cards.

The promotional show, held at Pioneer Shopping Centre, saw an impressive turnout enjoying famo, jazz and gospel performances before Vetkoek vs Mahoota took the part into the wee hours of Sunday.

The South African DJs, performing alongside their compatriots from Bloemfontein, wowed revellers with the latest house jams.

“Lesotho’s reception was incredible,” Vetkoek told Weekender after the show.

“Being our first time in the country we are happy with the support we got and the love we received.”

The celebrated pair will however not be part of the Morija Arts and Cultural Festival, set for October 28 to 31.

Instead, they are scheduled for an unrelated event in Maseru this weekend.

Vetkoek said they hoped to come for another performance in Lesotho during the festive season.

“The crowd was singing along to our music proving they know who we are . . . it was amazing,” he said.

Morija Arts and Cultural Festival director Thabo Leanya told the Weekender it was a “coincidence” that they had brought Vetkoek vs Mahoota just a week before their other performance in the capital.

Saturday’s show – the last of four promotional events – saw the lucky ones winning tickets for the festival.

“The last readiness event ensured that most aspects of the festival were touched,” Leanya said.

“We had famo, jazz, music mix and gospel represented for free so people could see that we are ready to make history.”

The road shows however failed to reach all the districts as originally planned.

“Budget constraints couldn’t allow us to do that but with the school cultural competition, we believe the festival was well advertised and it reached the masses,” Leanya said.

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