MASOWE dance storms local scene

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’MAKERESEMESE LETUKA

MASERU – A Maseru South West I (MASOWE) dance group has taken the local scene by storm. Popularly known as Dream Walkers, the group is taking up dance challenges using home beats rather than international beats. Kamohelo Machobane, a 25-year-old dancer going by the stage name Crazze-K, is the Dream Walkers’ leader, guiding this group that was founded in 2018 under the name Dance Shakers as a nine-member outfit.

Following a series of challenges the crew, now a six-member team, changed their name to Dream Walkers. Three of the crew members are currently studying at high school level while the other three are unemployed. The team currently does music and choreography for Hip-Hop, Afro, Amapiano, Sbojoa and Durban dances; they have also set up a dance academy which has so far attracted seven students.

“We were inspired by youth from different countries such as South Africa and Nigeria as well as from other continents who make a living out of their hard work, love and passion for their talents. We believe we can make it too if we work as a team,” Crazze-K told Life&Style in an interview.

The crew leader says since he was a child, Hip-Hop is the sound that he was mostly exposed to, making it easy for him to vibe with it and dance to it. “Locally Ntate Stunna is one of those artistes I am look up to. I am not a fan of his music as such but his hard work is an inspiration to me. His drive has been a wake-up call to me and a lot of talented youths in Lesotho.

Ntate Stunna is a good example to upcoming artistes; a living example that when life gets better we must never forget where we come from; never forget our culture. I am not sure if people are aware of what he has done to the entertainment industry in the country. “As far as I am concerned, Ntate Stunna has made a huge difference,” he continues. Dream Walkers have so far shared the stage with heavyweights Kommanda Obbs, Stlofa, Damario and Sr Matee at the Leshoboro Stadium in Mafeteng.

Dream Walkers have also made a dance challenge using Wave Rhyder’s hit song ‘Pula’, and Crazze-K says “our dance challenge was the most viewed video with 75K views. We were then posted on the Ambitiouz Entertainment fan page on Facebook and Instagram which made us the first dance crew in Lesotho to be posted by the record label.”

Ambitiouz Entertainment is an independent South African record label owned and founded by Kgosi Mahumapelo. The label was founded in April 2015 and houses notable acts that include Lesotho sensation Malome Vector, Blaaq Diamond, G-Star Da Hustler, Lucky Man, MeekTrapBorn and Kid Tini.

“Our challenge as choreographers is the game is not always on our side because not all platforms are made for us to sell our hustle. My crew and I came to the conclusion that we will make dance challenge to home sounds more than foreign sounds so the challenge is that our local artistes do not do music that is easy to vibe with.

“Shout-out to Yamber Shungu, he made a song called ‘Monna’hao o stinch’…the song was easy to vibe with and we made a dance challenge to it and he loved it. Many local artistes love the fact that we do dance challenges to their songs therefore this was a good idea because we get engaged with them,” he continued.

“We enjoy every music but the music we find easy to dance to is mostly the three genres being Hip-Hop, Afro and RnB which are our favourites. We see our crew working with big local artistes and international artistes…the likes of Ntate Stunna, Wave Rhyder, Malome Vector, Morena Sway and many more.”

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