Residents of Botsalano Ward in Francistown will be treated to a free music festival this Thursday at their kgotla.
An initiative of the newly elected Councillor Ontiretse Zuma Bakaile, all the top Francistown based artists are scheduled to perform at the official launch of the ward’s Development Strategy.
An artist who’s a founding member of Dinkwenkgoga Traditional Group, Bakaile has used his influence and connections within the music industry to turn what would usually be a day of long and boring speeches into an exciting event to look forward to.
According to Councillor Bakaile, Botsalano Development Strategy launch is an occasion that will bring people together for a common good.
He said he’s interested in seeing civil servants within Botsalano becoming part of the society they serve.
“It is here that I’ll be introducing some of my initiatives with residents, and all this will be delivered in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere,” he said.
He further told The Voice that he’s disturbed by the growing number of murder cases and unemployment in the ward.
“As someone who survived through music since leaving school in 2002, I have to inspire young people and encourage them to use their God given talents to eke out a living. It is hard, but with a little bit of focus, sports and arts can be a meaningful source of income. I know what I’m talking about,” Bakaile said.
Bakaile has roped in the likes of MC Maswe and Beauty Queens, Ras T, Dinkwenkgoga, Makolwane a Tandabala, Bana Bana Ba Ntogwa, Tumza and NgwaoPutswa.
Will the musician turned politician perform with Dinkwenkgoga at the event? “I’ll continue to help the group with everything I can, but I’ll not be performing. I however will occasionally put on my traditional attire to perform, for instance when the President is visiting,” he added with a chuckle.
More-fire for Mao-fit
More Fire and the Unique Stars, a Kwasa-Kwasa band that slowly crept up the ladder of the industry has released a new single titled ‘Maofit’, in reference to the notorious Honda Fit hatchback.
The new single will definitely enhance the artist and his band’s growing reputation in the popular genre. Born Lungisani Marudu in Tutume, More Fire wrote the song to pay tribute to a car that made news headlines in Botswana and the neighbouring countries. Released on 2nd February, on his birthday, ‘Maofit’ was recorded at Noble Sound Studio in Gaborone.
“Maofit as many call it is a legend in this country. The car has made a name for itself and is definitely dominating the market. It holds the record for over speeding, overloading, reckless overtaking and any other thing you can think of. I just love the car that is why I recorded this song,” he said.
The Tutume native and his band Unique Stars have been in the music industry for 13 years, recording their first album “Ndo ku tshamba” in 2007. They recorded four more albums ‘Obone koo’ (2010), ‘Theka la tshwene’ (2015), ‘Ke boela gae’ (2016) and ‘Talente’ in 2019.
“My wish is to be successful so I’ll be able to donate to the needy. It is something I’ve been doing for a while, and with more success in my music career I’d be able to continue helping the less privileged,” he said.
The life changing concert dates announced
Brave Heart have confirmed 31 October as the date for this year’s ‘The Life Changing Concert’.
Previously, the increasingly popular show has featured South African gospel powerhouse, Joyous Celebration, as well as number of established and emerging local artists.
The brains behind the event, Joe Manuel, has promised Batswana lots of surprises for the 2019 edition, which will be held at UB Indoor Sports Arena. However, he didn’t disclose the details.
ATI at united lounge
Revamped United Lounge in Block Six will host ‘Khiring Khorong’ hit-maker, ATI tonight (Friday).
The Motswako magician, famous for his creative on-stage performances, will star alongside, Allen Gouvie and DJ Cee.
Patrons must part with P50 single or P80 for a pair.
Doors open at 2000 hrs and tickets will be sold at the gate.