Drums rolled and guitars strummed as Maitisong Outdoor Festival brought together local stars at Old Naledi and treated entertainment lovers to a weekend of free live music.
In its 19th year running, the outdoor festival was a fringe to the main one that ended recently and featured a selection of artists across various genres.
The outdoor shows of the Maitisong festival started in 1996 in Old-Naledi featuring the likes of the then popular Tribal Monks.
Some of the big wigs that have performed at this festival include Bhudaza from Lesotho, Solly Moholo from South Africa and Umkhtati from Zimbabwe.
Big local acts that have been a regular at the festival include Franco- from his ‘Ke lela Le Lona’ days to date as well as Slizer, Jeff Matheatau and others.
The objective of the out-door festival according to the organizers, is to give local communities such as Bontleng and Old Naledi a chance to see their celebrities on stage for free and during the day. “It’s an opportunity for the young and old who are not able to attend shows at night to get to see live performances of their stars. The other objective is to give young up-coming and unrecorded artists a chance to interact with big stars and also to perform to large audience that attend the outdoor festival,” said Puna Moremi, Head of Operations and Public Relations at Storms Road Shows, the event organizers.
The Maitisong Outdoor Festival has just resumed at the bus station and will end late in the evening.
“The good thing about this year’s festival is that it has attracted a lot of new young artists across all genres, which is well in line with the objective of giving them the desired exposure,” Moremi added.