PRIME Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro has promised to look into a request by members of the Disc Jockey Association of Lesotho (DJALE), to reopen entertainment and sports activities in compliance with the Public Health (Covid-19) Regulations, the PM's Spokesman Bhuda Moseme has confirmed.
Sept. 13, 2021
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Majoro to look into DJs grievances
DJALE’s President, Malefetsane Tsoeliane aka ‘DJ Darvetz’
- DJs want entertainment activities reopened
- They blame govt for death of one of their own
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In an open letter to Majoro on September 7, DJALE’s President, Malefetsane Tsoeliane aka ‘DJ Darvetz’ said DJs and musicians have been on the receiving end since night clubs and social spaces have been closed from the time restrictions were imposed in the entertainment industry.
“We solely depend on events and renting out sound system for such in order to earn a living. We have taken upon ourselves to curb the spread of unemployment by not relying on government to hand us jobs," read the letter.
To further illustrate how the regulations have negatively impacted on its members, DJALE has asked Majoro to take note that they are unable to pay rent at their respective places of residence, which puts them at odds with their landlords.
It says their insurance policies have lapsed, they are unable to pay school fees for their children, their bank accounts have been closed and they are unable to feed their families.
“The National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) has us caged-in; hence we are unable to play music or perform which is both our work and sanctuary," adds Tsoeliane.
DJALE members note that they do not deny the fact that the COVID-19 is real and kills but contend that it would be best for people to be allowed to learn to live with it.
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In March this year, the association blamed the government and NACOSEC for the untimely demise of their member, Deejay Moorosi Tšeuoa, otherwise known as DJ Hamza.
Tšeuoa had made a name for himself in the entertainment industry after securing a role as a resident DJ at a popular night club, Shelly Brown in Upper Thamae, Maseru.
His death was reportedly caused by depression. He allegedly committed suicide on March 4 at his Mazenod home.
“Our government and NACOSEC have completely stopped us from working and doing the only thing that helps us relieve stress while making people happy,” Tsoeliane said during DJ Hamza’s funeral service.