Thursday, October 22, 2020

Communities find lifeline in President’s Concert

Mascom, in association with Maitisong and Botswana Television, will on the 25th of November host the President’s Concert in a bid to raise funds for underprivileged communities in Botswana. 

The event showcases a variety of performers whose unique artistic styles have gained momentum in the entertainment industry. Facilitated by prolific director Gao Lemmenyane, the event will be hosted by comedian Umbambi ‘Bambino’ Ndiwenyu and Carol Kgomotso. 

Speaking on the background of the event, Lemmenyane stated that the concert demonstrates the power of arts in engaging communities and enacting positive contributions: “The President’s Concert was started in the 90s by former President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire and former Director of Maitisong, David Slater. The concert demonstrates artists’ commitment to supplementing the government’s care of those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Artists billed to make appearances include award winning afro pop singer Lizibo, local rumba artist Vasco, latin dance duo Mike and Mis T and Urban Empire ÔÇô a theatre and dance troupe which aims to inspire youth to embrace the arts.

Featured in the theatre space is musical play “Moratiwa: An African Tragedy Musical Ensemble” comprised of 100 Limkokwing graduates, who were enrolled in the Ministry of Education’s Performing Arts 100 and Target 20K projects. Produced and directed by Socca Moruakgomo, the play takes an in-depth look at the ritualistic murder of children in Botswana.

The President’s Concert has benefited organisations such as Stepping Stones International, Ray of Hope Foundation, Masisi Organ Foundation, Diphalana Counseling Centre, Lady Olebile Masire Foundation, and Sekolo Sa Anne Stine. It hosts hundreds of spectators annually and is graced by various Heads of State and parliamentarians, members of the diplomatic corps, top executives from the private sector and members of the public. 

“Audiences can expect to witness breathtaking performances. Each year we attempt to bring through talented performers and emerging talent that Batswana must take heed of,” stated Lemmenyane.

Tickets are available at Maitisong and Webtickets for P200.

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