A South African all female jazz ensemble, Ladies of Jazz, should be making it over to Botswana for a countrywide tour alongside two of our own leading female jazz vocalists, Punah Gabasiane and Nono Seile.
Ladies of Jazz consists of a vocalist, Bassist, Keyboard/Pianist, Drummer, Horn Player, Percussions (Session) and backing vocal (Session) or Guitarist, and was formed in August 1998 by band-leader, Anniki Maswanganye. They have performed at acclaimed jazz festivals, such as Joy of Jazz Johannesburg International, Castle Milk Stout Home Brew Jazz, and backed Yvonne Chaka Chaka, amongst others.
BOMU’s Best Female award winner, Punah Gabasiane, and BOMU award nominee, Nono Seile, are both promoting albums that they released last year.
Tshwaragang is the title of Punah’s second album while Nono titled her debut album, Kgarebe. They have performed their material at Mochudi (Jazz Brew) and Ramotswa (Boatle Jazz) to a great response.
Ladies of Jazz, Punah and Nono, will start their tour at Mahalapye’s Khudu Ya Mowana on Saturday, 22nd of March, followed by a date at the Millennium Jazz Restaurant on Sunday 23rd after a special Joy of Jazz programme in the afternoon at Gabz FM, says Uncle Shima. He added, “The show will be part of the paid tribute to the outgoing president.”
On 29th March the ladies will perform at Sticking Fingers in Kanye. More venues will be announced for the northern part of the country for April.