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‘New Normal’ LETOFE roars with flames

'The Village Pope' Tšepo Tšola

Dec. 5, 2020 2 min read

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AFTER spending over seven laborious months holed-up indoors to escape the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, end of the year revellers cannot wait to unwind at this year’s edition of the popular Lesotho Tourism Festival (LETOFE), with main shows scheduled for December 19 and 20, at the Thaba-Bosiu Cultural Village.

In line with the carnival’s mission to make every event better than the previous one, this year’s fiesta is expected to be more glittering and fun, amid the global depression caused by the pandemic.

This year’s episode of the music festival is titled “LETOFE 2020 ‘New Normal’ – COVID-19 Edition”, featuring favourite local song birds such as Selimo Thabane, 'The Village Pope' Tšepo Tšola, ’Malehloka ‘Maleh’ Hlalele, Mookho and Juvy, to mention but a few.

“LETOFE 2020 here we come! Thaba-Bosiu is where we will be. I am honoured to be part of this festival and Basotho always support this initiative because organisers ensure that we get the best of the best in music,” says aspiring soul star ’Maleh.

LETOFE emerges as one of the most outstanding events in the country’s entertainment calendar, pulling crowds from all corners of the world, enticing some of the most renowned international artistes to share the stage with their Lesotho counterparts.    

From South Africa, the event has managed to lure jazz gurus including Don Laka, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Stimela along with new Afro soul stars Sands, Da Star & TTD and Flame Boy.

The festival organiser, Montoeli ’Moleli expressed his satisfaction at the way the event has been growing over the years, adding however, that there is still room for improvement.

Lesotho Jazz artiste Selimo Thabane

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“There have been hiccups here and there in preparing for the show in the past 15 years, but we always ascertain that people get the best out of the event, their money’s worth.

“With the ‘New Normal’ edition we must all practice social distancing, no mask no entry, and always sanitise our hands. COVID-19 protocols will apply and limited tickets will be sold and no pass outs for easier control of movement,” he also said.

Standard Lesotho Bank (SLB) is the main sponsor of the annual music festival.

According to the bank’s Marketing Manager Manyathela Kheleli, they spend millions of maloti to prepare for the show, adding that the sponsorship has hugely grown over the years from when they started with a pitiable M50 000.


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