Generations in Harmony
by Ruth Kedikilwe
There was musical harmony at the Metropolitan Botswana Generations in Harmony Music festival, which was a fusion of the old and new generation local singers across all music genres.
Hip hop star, Game Zeus Bantsi, stole the show when he added a bit of urban hip hop swagger to Banjo Mosele’s ‘Mala swi’ when they performed it alongside each other. Mosele went on to perform other songs of his, and so did Zeus and his oldest hit single ‘Imagination ‘had everyone up, dancing and singing along.
Despite being the new kid on the block, My Star winner Sharon also gave a stellar performance when she belted out a popular gospel song ‘Jokwe ya hao’ and drove the audience insane with her powerful voice.
Shanti Lo’s performance was also out of this world, and did not disappoint as did Kearoma Rantao who was at the top of her game. Their collaboration on the popular song originally by John Swabi, ‘Baga Mmagwato’, had everyone in the audience up and dancing to it and it was perfectly fitting that it was the opening act of the show. Kearoma, who is scheduled to tour Tanzania next year, performed songs from a recently released debut album.
Other than performing their own popular songs, the singers had also prepared a medley of international songs, both old and new, like Gladys Knight’s End of the Road, which got the audience to completely ignore the downpour as they danced the night away to the music and did not allow the miserable weather to dampen their moods.
The Master of Ceremony for the evening held his own as the multi-talented comedian, Joel ‘Ntsoro’ Keitumele, had the audience in stitches between the sets with his witty jokes and his dancing antics. And on the decks was DJ Makhenzo who left the audience begging for more as he belted a fussion of local and international old and new school hits.
The next leg of the concert is scheduled for Francistown and the artists promise to give an equally excellent performance. The festival has opened doors for excellent future collaborations and will hopefully open doors for the new and upcoming performers.