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Local celebs ticked for Cherry Jazz Festival

Oct. 24, 2019 2 min read

MASERU – Top local jazz artistes will form part of the line-up of the much-anticipated annual Cherry Jazz Festival that starts from November 16 – 19.

The fun packed event of assorted activities pulling audiences from all over Southern Africa, takes place each year at the Ficksburg Show Grounds, in the Free State Province, South Africa. Lesotho music gurus such as Tšepo Tšola, Bhudaza Mapefane and Senqu Jazz Band are among life time achievers listed to mesmerise audiences from the host South Africa (SA) and neighbouring countries such as Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

The artistes are billed to share the stage with SA’s musical giants included the celebrated Zahara, Vusi Nova, Mlindo, Nala Jazz Band, Ronnie Mokoena and many more.  Disc spinners like DJ Tira from Durban, DJ Finzo of Lesedi FM, Bhuda from Setsoto FM and Sir Que will also keep the revelers on their toes throughout the time.  “It can’t be argued that the Cherry Jazz Festival is the mother of all festivals in the Free State, hence is the biggest event wrapping up the year. 

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“Scores of revelers from Lesotho save money for months preparing for the event that also caters for children via numerous activities. As for artists I can only say Lesotho jazz singers seem to dominate South Africa’s festivals nowadays,” noted Lieketseng Lekatsa from Khubetsoana, Maseru.

Another festival fanatic Renang Fokotsane of Ha Mokhehle in Teyateyaneng had this to say: “The event is a big windfall for both Lesotho and South Africa because most attendees come from these countries, so it means their artists, who they admire, have to dominate the show for it to be a success. I am happy that the up and coming Senqu Jazz Band will perform at the show and the event will surely open more doors for them for international recognition.”

The festival is also hailed for inviting business into Lesotho via tourism with more recreational centres, hotels and guest houses being flooded by visitors. It again serves as a platform for craft exhibitions spearheaded also by Basotho artistes.

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