One of the first groups to mount the Grand West Night Club’s outdoor traditional music shows, as a supporting act for Rhumba musician Jeff Matheatau, released a six-track debut album last Monday.
Tselakgopo, a traditional music group, made up of three vocalists and five dancers, is
among the crop of young acts who opt to sing traditional music. Tselakgopo’s Poifo Motladiile, and Rosemary Ramogotsi spoke to Sunday Standard and stated that their choice in music has as much to do with market sustainability as with their love for traditional music.
Tselakgopo, who were finalists at Botswana’s increasingly coveted talent show, My African Dream, hosted by Riverwalk, do not appear to be short on confidence as they assert that their vocals are their strength. They proclaim to have outclassed peers in past performances. Their repertoire consists of Tsutsube a Sesarwa dance, and by mainstream
Prominent traditional singer, Maxy, is an apparent influence in the album Shimanyana, which is apparent from the vocal styling to the sinuous Maxy-like gyrating by the poster-girl-pretty lady vocalists, who as a result, are sure to attract a lot of male fans.
The ladies welcome the Maxy comparison with glee as they consider it an honour. Young
Boiki Mmolawa, the lone male singer, brings the humour against the girls, often spotting woolen hats and overalls reminiscent of those belonging to men folk in cattle posts.
In a move that appears to be a new Botswana showbiz trend, the group also released, alongside their album, a DVD, also titled Shimanyana, which features all six tracks from the album in a comedic and pensive interpretation of their music on video.