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Sereetsi goes on a countrywide tour

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Tomeletso Sereetsi of Sereetsi & the Natives is starting the year on a good note. Hot on the heels of his phenomenal success in 2015, he is scheduled to embark on a two and half month tour of Botswana during which he will share, impart knowledge as well as exchange ideas with the general public, village leadership, students of the arts and teachers about the now famous Four Strings Guitar.

The opportunity to embark on the tour came through a P456 000.00-grant from the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA).

Sereetsi is regarded as the saviour of this oral traditional guitar, having compiled the first ever-instructional CD/book titled The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana.  

The 83-page book is the result of research of Botswana’s folk guitar’s tuning, chords, song form, origin and development. The grant came in two forms. It assisted in making the book accessible to schools (secondary schools), through the distribution networks of Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MOESD) as well as libraries. It will also be used in schools as a supplementary book.

Secondly, the other half will be used to facilitate workshops that will see Sereetsi touring different parts of the country where he will workshop the public, students, teachers as well as artists in different parts of the country on how to play a four string guitar, its application as well as its musical content.

Ahead of the tour, whose dates are being finalised this week, 300 and 500 copies were donated to the Botswana National Library Service & the Ministry of Education & Skills Development (MOESD) respectively.

The books that were donated to (MOESD) will be distributed to various schools across the country. “The idea is for the students to access the book, and already we have students who are pursuing the arts in schools,” he explained in an interview.

He also said that the workshops are targeting 15 places that include Tsabong, Gumare, Ghanzi, Nata and Letlhakeng and will be done in phases with five places being visited in each phase. Following the completion of each phase, they will return to report back, document as well as find out if there are any lessons learnt.  

The workshops are not only targeting artists but include cultural enthusiasts also. “This will help in seeing Batswana take pride in their own products,” said Sereetsi adding that this can be seen as national pride.

On a personal note, he said that the tour will assist to deepen his knowledge about the guitar as well as pave way for writing his second book. “Chances are another book might come out of this tour. I am looking for something tangible from this project,” he said.

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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

Tshepo Kehemile

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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