Stars galore at AVANI bash



Jazz-maestro-Bhudaza-5Mohalenyane Phakela

A COMPLEMENT of nine deejays, two artists and one comedian are billed to light up the AVANI Comes Alive Party tomorrow as the newly-rebranded hotel group takes off in style.

Lesotho Sun and Maseru Sun were rebranded to AVANI Lesotho Hotel & Casino and AVANI Maseru Hotel respectively last Wednesday in a glittering ceremony held at the newly-named AVANI Maseru Convention Centre.

The launch was attended by King Letsie III and Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso, senior government officials and captains of industry among others.

According to AVANI Lesotho’s Marketing Manager, Refiloe Mohlotsane, last week’s launch catered for a select few.

“The official launch was meant for our corporate partners and the media to notify them of the change in name and Friday’s event is directed at the country as a whole which has always supported our events,” Mohlotsane told the Weekender this week.

“AVANI’s focus is on promoting local talent and embracing Basotho artists which is why the entertainers for the night will be strictly Basotho artistes. We believe our local artistes can pull crowds on their own without the help of foreign acts.”

The bash, which will be held at AVANI Maseru Hotel’s Convention Centre, starts at 6.30pm till late.

The disc spinning coterie of DJs Bootz, Tseko, Hally, Alex, Counter, Mekonko, Kopper, Charma Exzit and Tapi Delux will share the stage with Jazz maestro Bhudaza and rapper Juvenile while comedian Bofihla Neko has the onerous task of leaving revelers in stitches.

Mohlotsane also revealed that there would be another party the following day at AVANI Lesotho Hotel, “although it will be more laid back”.

“Since the official launch and Friday’s party are being held at AVANI Maseru, we believe it would be unfair not to also hold a party at AVANI Lesotho,” she said.

“But since that venue is more formal, the event will be held in a relaxed setting with live performances from Jazz group, Major 7.”

Contacted for comment, Juvenile said he felt “honoured” to perform alongside some of the country’s major entertainers.

“I find it a great privilege to be among the heavyweights on Friday’s lineup and, quite frankly, I am the youngest on the list and the only Hip Hop artist,” he said.

“It is a great honour and I am very thankful to AVANI for believing I can deliver a good job.”

Juvenile said he would perform some of the tracks on his upcoming album which would be released in September.

“It will be a perfect opportunity for fans to get a taste of what’s being cooked in the upcoming compilation,” the Tjotjo hit-maker said.

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