Artistic, cultural and business collaboration is at the heart of talks expected to be held between Botswana and South Africa in February 2016.
In a bid to establish cooperation on cross border cultural festivals between Gaborone and North West Province, South Africa’s North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo revealed that they will be approaching the relevant authorities in Botswana in order to establish cooperation between the two countries. Speaking to Lifestyle during the recent Mahika-Mahikeng Music and Cultural Festival, Mahumapelo said the intention is to host a similar event in Gaborone around the same time as the Mahika-Mahikeng event. “We find it fitting to have such an arrangement given the huge cultural similarities that our province shares with Botswana.”
Mahumapelo acknowledged the support they receive from Botswana citizens and reassured that they will continue to invite Botswana artists to perform at the Mahika-Mahikeng festival. In an interview with Lifestyle on the side-lines of the Motswako show, which forms part of the three day Mahika-Mahikeng festival, Mahumapelo said they included the Motswako event because the genre originates in Mahikeng.
The Motswako music festival which was held on December 12 attracted multitudes of people. Botswana citizens made the biggest number of foreigners at the festival resulting in the North West Province MEC for Sport Arts and Culture, Tebogo Modise, being called to the border gate to rescue the situation as there were long queues of people who wanted to attend the festival.
HHP, Cassper Nyovest, Tuks, Fify Cooper, Notshi, Ricky Rick, KO, Khuli Chana, and others gave revellers value for their money with electric performances throughout the night. Big Nuz also added to the excitement with a bit of house music.
The Motswako event was preceded by the Afro Soul festival on Friday December 11. The show featured the man of the moment, Nathi of Nomvula fame, alongside The Soil and others. There was also a traditional dance concert at the Mmabatho Convention Centre throughout the day on December 12. Sunday saw Botswana’s Sereetsi and the Natives shine bright at the Jazz festival as he performed songs from his recently released debut album, Four String Confessions.
The popular Robete hit song got everyone on their feet and dancing. Batswana, who were already familiar with the song gave Sereetsi the recognition he deserved. The legendary jazz couple Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu gave the mostly mature crowd an early Christmas with their respective performances. The two also collaborated on the popular classic; Ndiphendule.
Tsepo ‘The Village Pope’ Tshola also serenaded the audience with hits from his lengthy career. Other jazz performers included legendary Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi, Jaziel Brothers, Lucas Senyatso, Budaza,Mo Miles, Quincy K, and KB. The Premier said they aim to provide a platform for product positioning and paradigm innovation for the creative industry sector in North West. “We also hope to develop Mahikeng as the capital of the Arts in South Africa,” he concluded.