There are three of them. And all are over forty years old. At any live jazz event of note, they can be seen outdoing each other on the dance floor, shuffling, swinging their arms and jerking parts of their bodies rhythmically. A gang of show-stealers they are; performing musicians must just love them.
Years before Ntsholeng Citie Seetso could weave melodies around any groove known to man, he knew just what to do with a set of marimbas. The then Gaborone Senior Secondary School student could ably drum out all the standard Chimurenga that was the staple of every marimba outfit of the time.
South Africa is proving to be a commercial Mecca to scores of local artists with a dream of stardom. The pilgrimage started by the likes of Machesa Traditional Dance Troupe (who are reported to be shifting units of their records by the bucket load there) has now included the three-piece Botswana Musicians Union double award winners, Culture Spears.
A Johnny cuts a CD and off he rushes to a newspaper of his choice. The following day the world is told about this new debutant that has done so well for the world music scene.
Botswana's live music circuit top brass was present at the Lizard Lounge last weekend. Guitarist John Selolwane strummed, Lister Boleseng, who released his debut album last year, was on the saxophone, and Makhwengwe Mengwe capably manned the drums.
The mention of Tony’s Crazy Disco elicits mischievous smiles on the face of a 30-something, Tlokweng-raised lady. She fondly recalls her teens, jumping out of her bedroom window to go, listen and dance to ‘the crazy disco’ and returning to find her mother having prepared a switch that would promptly be used to restore chastity.
Yarona FM’s disc jock, Boipelo Seleke, has now lost count of the many local recordings that failed to make the youthful station’s play list because the recordings were so half-baked their state of the art broadcasting equipment couldn’t stand them.
it was, yet again, another tale of good strides that could have easily been great ones if the passion of the artist for the craft was reciprocated by good corporate and government support.
Goodnews Ministries church has lately been in the papers for the wrong reasons due to its controversial founding bishop, David Monnakgotla.
Monnakgotla, whose decisions cannot be challenged, recently made a shocking announcement pertaining to the abolishing of bogadi (bride price or dowry) practices by Goodnews Ministries members.
“I have always had a passion for fashion, not fashion trends, but a love for clothing,” Mpho Kuaho, explained to The Sunday Standard last week.
A month ago, promoters Street Horn Jazz moved into the Lizard Lounge, a venue located at the Village complex next to Gym Active in Gaborone. A different tune now plays at the 400-capacity venue, where Gaborone’s beautiful young things used to get down to house music and hip hop. Syrupy grooves are now played to a congregation of jazz lovers of 24 years and over.
The festive season in Botswana is unlike any other season. It is as though this is the one time of the year that everyone has been eagerly anticipating and, when it finally arrives, there is an air of excitement that is hard to disregard. Places like restaurants, malls and various other hangout spots are abuzz with excited people with extra cash to spend on themselves and others.
Last Monday, Linga Longa, which is located at Riverwalk Mall in Gaborone, opened its doors to customers, just in time for the festive season. Diners now have the option of going to a different place to spend their free time and money. There’s a new restaurant in town, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s sure to be enjoyed by many. We hope that this time around, the place does not close down.
“There was a time…” they often say. A time, when ordinary folks valued the simple act of going out for a few drinks and some good old clean fun. Such pure moments of pleasure were once offered by Botswana’s cities, towns and villages. However, this organic form of entertainment now seems lost, never to be experienced again.
Kgosi had had debilitating acute back pain for two weeks. He had heard a muscle snap somewhere under his shoulder blade after he had jolted out of bed. From that moment on, he became paralyzed with the most excruciating intense pain. This type of acute back pain is caused by doing something physically wrong, which in turn, puts a strain on a particular muscle.
We live in an age where single motherhood has become the norm, where “sisters are doing it for themselves”. It is touted as the ultimate liberation – the words ‘I don’t need a man to help me raise my kids’ are heard all too often. In days gone by, it was considered taboo to have a child out of wedlock.
Botswana’s diamond industry contributes a great deal to the current status of her economy and developmental infrastructure. The bad press and other publicity that focuses on ‘Blood Diamonds’ in Africa continue to generalize African diamonds, as a whole, to be blood diamonds and this can have an adverse effect on Botswana’s economy.
Warrant Officer Lister Baleseng has recently released his first album that is sure to Jazz up many this Christmas. The ever-smiling Botswana Defense Force soldier has finally had his dream come true. According to Kgalagadi Music World at Game city, the album is currently one of the fastest selling CDs in their store.
On Thursday, November 23, the French Embassy In Botswana, in conjunction with Peugeot Motors, Orange, Total and Air Liquide, hosted the launch of the 4th Annual French Film Festival at the Gaborone Grand Palm Cinema. The Film Festival will be running until November 30th 2006, at the Riverwalk New Capitol Cinemas.
The first thing that strikes you about the Mascom National Derby rooster is the list of bewitching names that have been given to the horses taking part in the race – Writes SUNDAY STANDARD REPORTER
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but would a horse without a striking first name be as likely to savor the smell of success in the Mascom National Derby?