Maseru – The first ever Lesotho Winter Festival to be held at Thaba-Bosiu Cultural Village in Maseru next Saturday will feature four great artists from different countries.
According to Public Relations Officer at Alliance Francaise Maseru Ms. Papali Monyake the artists include the famous Puseletso Seema, Maleh, and Jess & Crabbe together with Vaudou Game.
She described Puseletso Seema as Lesotho’s first female musician who has survived in the male dominated genre for years adding that she does not have fans only in Lesotho but also in South Africa where she has performed in a number of concerts for of large audiences.
She said Maleh, whose real name is ‘Malehloka Hlalele as a female artist born in Lesotho where her music career started, and became professional during her final school year when she joined a South African Afro Pop Group called Kaya which among its achievements won the Metro FM best newcomer in 2005.
Ms. Monyake said Jess & Crabbe as a French Duo of Disk Jockeys who play electronic and house music, adding that the two got together in 1998 and since then have been playing in different countries and they promise Basotho an electronic and dancing experience.
She described Vaudou Game as a six men band from Togo in West Africa which combines their cultural traditions with Funk Music to create a unique sound, adding that most of their songs reflect African traditions and American musical traditions. Meanwhile
Ms. Monyake said the Festival will also include a fashion show of Aranda’s original blanket designs, where the company will also be an unveiling a new limited edition of the Spitfire Blanket which is inspired by the contribution of Lesotho, then Basutoland in the “Battle of Britain”.
She indicated that ‘Basutoland’ raised funds to purchase two Squadrons of Supermarine Spitfire Fighter aircraft for the defence of Britain as the country was facing evasion at the height of the Battle, and the Spitfire Blanket is a symbol of the long relationship between England and Lesotho.
Lesotho Winter Festival originates from La Fete de la Music/Festival of Music which is held annually in winter by the Alliance Francaise and brings together local and international artists.