Top SA acts billed for Maseru gig



Mohalenyane Phakela

SOUTH African ‘Kings of the Weekend’, SPHEctecula and Naves are set to rock Cuban Linx in a gig that is part of DJ Mekonko’s annual birthday celebration on Saturday.

The duo has already released a video on the event’s Facebook page, promising fireworks in what will be their second appearance in Lesotho.

Their first appearance was at last year’s Vodacom Summa Feva and this time they intend to play on 10am the next day.

The dance and electronic music disc jockeys are popular for tracks such as KOTW Anthem, Abantu Babantu, IDWGH, Believe and I Do I Do among others.

They will share the stage with their South African counterparts House disc spinner T-Deep as well as Hip Hop mixer Shaxe Khumalo who have both been in the country on several occasions.

The local contingent includes Konsept, NINE24, AfroDj, TshepzaDJ, Kopper, Vesta, Trybz, Bootz and BoxFr3sh.

DJ Mekonko said the seventh edition of his birthday celebrations would be the best as it would be the first to have a theme and also mark his 15th anniversary as a disc spinner.

“The first edition was held in 2011 while Cuban Linx was known as the Times Café and I was the resident DJ,” he told the Weekender this week.

“All I wanted that time was to celebrate my birthday (which is actually on 2 July) in style by playing alongside my role model DJ Christos but the turnout was so huge with about 600 people and that compelled me to host another edition, then another until now.

“This year I am not only celebrating my birthday but also the 15 year milestone as well as returning the party to a place where it all started.

“It has much significance because in 2011 I was an employee but this time I am the owner of this joint.”

He said the event will be a masquerade where the first 100 people to arrive at 7pm would be given free masks.

“The last two editions were Hip Hop parties as I wanted to broaden the market but this time the lineup blends both House and Hip Hop as the aim is to shift back to my House music roots while also catering for Hip Hop heads who have been supportive all along,” he said.


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