Sunday, May 22, 2022

KTM choir to commerorate Motswaledi’s life

The Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete (KTM) choir will commemorate the late Gomolemo Motswaledi’s life in music on November 9 for their Local Composers Show this year.

Motswaledi, who died on July 30 this year, contributed immensely to the choir while he was alive. He founded the choral ensemble in 1993. Since his death, the choir has been preparing a tribute for him.

Mike Modise, the choir’s spokesperson, said Motswaledi has a special place in their hearts as it is through him that they are were they are.

“He groomed most of us to be the good singers that we are today. He contributed a lot to the growth of the choir as he composed and arranged music for us,” he said.?Modise said the event will be divided into two parts; the first segment will be used to honour Motswaledi as well as┬áthe late musician, composer, scholar, theologian and politician,┬áKgalemang Tumediso Motsete, after whom the choir was named. Motsete composed the Botswana national anthem (Fatshe leno la Rona).?

“There are so many great songs that these two men have composed like Setlaboshane, Leisong, bo ‘B’ ba batlhano,Kulenyane, Stokie Stokie and others. These are the songs that we will be performing and we hope that as we do, they will be smiling in heaven,” he said.?The second part of the event will be dedicated to the members of the choir who have made a mark on the music scene as solo artists.

”The choir was not only founded by a great man, but this great man has managed to groom so many great musicians who are doing pretty well as solo artists including the likes of Boitumelo Pilane, Malebogo Setuke, Maadimo Tau, Gaone Seitshiro, Gape Motswaledi, Kago Regoeng, Nnunu Ramogotsi and Lizibo Simon,” he said.?Modise said KTM choir was established for a number of reasons but the main one being to contribute to developing and perfecting individual talent.

He said that the choir has also occasionally taken part and won in all the national competitions it has participated in. 

“It is a choir that has been invited several times for the world choral Olympics but unfortunately has been unable to attend some. The choir has a number of albums with the current hit being Molodi wa Pina. The choir takes pride in this product as they managed to merge choral music and contemporary music,” he said.?Currently the choir is under the artistic directorship of Luka Disho, one of the best composers in Botswana.?┬áModise said that the strength of growth in the choir depends on the commitment of its members, especially the singing members and its supporters.

“The event will be held at Maitisong Theatre and tickets are sold for P200 each and we strongly hope Batswana come in large numbers to celebrate the legends with us,” he said.

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