Sunday, September 20, 2020

Kwaaijazz meets Folklore

The Gaborone Sun is set to come alive on May
29th when Wesside Entertainment, in collaboration with Bokone, hosts South African Kwaaijazz extraodinaire, Don Laka, and local Folklore musician and guitar expert, Stampore.

As a solo artist, Laka has shone, locally and internationally – touring London, the United States, Canada and Austria, Russia, Chile, Cuba and Jamaica, while achieving international recognition for his music in England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and the United States.
Laka is the only South African jazz musician to achieve three platinum records and two gold records. He is also the owner of many prestigious awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 from the Mamelodi Community, the SARRAL best composer award in 2002 and the Lifelong Contribution award from Dr Z. Pallo Jordan during the former Arts and Culture Minister’s honour of SA Music Heroes in 2007. After more than three decades on the South African music scene, Laka has reinvented himself with his latest offering entitled POISON.

Stampore, who recently performed in Mafikeng, South Africa, has been getting lots of airplay on local radio stations lately as well as invitations to play at high profile corporate events. In 1989, he toured the United States of America with a local traditional dance troupe, Ditholwana, and released his first album Saenelanin 1996, His second album, Re Batswana, has been used in the popular Botswana movie, The No1 Ladies Detective Agency.

Tickets are selling for P275 and are available from Gaborone Sun, which is also one of the sponsors.

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