U.S. Cultural Ambassadors Visit Lesotho to Share American Music and Songwriting

U.S. musical duo, Doster & Engle, arrived in Lesotho today as part of the U.S. Embassy’s Arts Envoy program for a week of performances and workshops throughout the Mountain Kingdom. Doster & Engle perform acoustic American folk music and use their songs to tell stories and share ideas.

While in Lesotho, Doster & Engle will conduct a series of workshops with young people including: a Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Camp in Thaba Bosiu organized with the help of Peace Corp volunteers, a workshop with participants from Kick4Life in Maseru, and a workshop with local choirs and musicians in Malealea. They will also be conducting master classes with local jazz musicians as well as traditional Basotho musicians. These workshops will focus not only on music but also on songwriting as a form of self-expression and will build on the rich traditions the Basotho have of telling stories through song. There will also be a series of public performances starting with the Fete de la Musique on Friday, June 26 at 15:00 at Alliance Française. Additionally they will participate in two acoustic jam sessions at No.7 Restaurant, one with traditional Basotho musicians on June 30 at 18:00 and one with local jazz musicians on July 1 at 18:00.

The U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Julie McKay said, “We are thrilled to be able to bring these incredibly talented musicians here to Lesotho as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors. We look forward to their having the opportunity to share America’s rich musical traditions with Basotho throughout the Mountain Kingdom.”

Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer Stephen Doster has been at the heart of the music scene in Austin, Texas, “The Live Music Capital of the World,” for over three decades working with numerous American musical legends.  Singer-songwriter Greg Engle is a retired U.S. ambassador and an award-wining songwriter whose original repertoire includes songs about Africa and a wide range of social issues. Both Stephen Doster and Greg Engle live and work in Austin, TX – Sister City of Maseru, Lesotho.