Diphiring, near Rasesa Lodge, will from April 22 to 24 play host to a historic festival called the Hills of Music ÔÇô a festival that will be a fusion of international music, art and dress. The festival is the brain child of former High Court Judge and now private lawyer, Unity Dow.
She says the event will be the expression of her long-awaited passion to gather various nations resident in Botswana to promote unity, harmony, and colour in this community-based international music, art, food and dress festival.
Among the local artists due to perform at the festival are Smarh, an artist who was a finalist in Botswana’s talent show, My Star 2007, acclaimed as a versatile Master of Ceremonies and as well as hip-hop artist.
Mophato Dance Theatre Group, a local theatre group that won the 2011 My African Dream competition, is expected to take the crowd back to the 1980s with their Sofia town music. Jazz performers like Socca Moruakgomo and Lister Boleseng will cater for the older audience.
Hills of Music project coordinator, Lebogang Maruapula, says although she had wished for more international artists to grace the event, only Congolese performer, Biza Mupula is pencilled in for the event. However, Maruapula promises more international performers in the years ahead.┬á
In an effort to achieve a colourful display of different international cultures, the Hills of Music will feature Japanese, Basarwa, Basotho of Tlhareseleele and Bollywood dancers.
┬á“This is not the ‘tswana traditional group type of event,” says Maruapula. She adds that there will be dress stalls and art stalls where people will see the diverse culture displayed.