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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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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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