After witnessing what was a very welcome resuscitation of Gaborone night life in 2014, this year looks set to gracefully pick up the baton. With annual mouthwatering shows like the Hamptons Festival, Jazz on the Lawn, and GIMC already confirmed, we can anticipate a scintillating 2015. Another show that keeps taking us back in time, Legends of Ol’ Skool, has become a calendar event for many.
Nostalgia is set to kick in again this coming Friday February 27 with the third instalment of Legends of Ol’ Skool at Cresta President Hotel. Motsweding FM’s Kabelo Molopyane, Star FM’s Otiz Frazer, Dj Sid, Dj Dolphus, and other old school deejays will take to the decks for a night of nothing but classics.
This will be the umpteenth show of its kind in just a couple of years and is, perhaps, testament to the olden generation’s propensity to want to live in the past when it comes to music.
For the ‘old at heart’, the music can only bring about an imagination of what it must have been like back then.
The previous shows have been successful. For those who do not have time for today’s music, Oldies presents an opportunity to relive their youth and possibly run into a long lost companion. “I don’t enjoy radio nowadays,” says Tshepo Jacobs, an old school fanatic. “As a big fan of Hip Hop, I often find myself going back in time because they don’t make music like that anymore. With yesterday’s artists, music was more than just a short cut to getting rich; it was borne out of pure artistic talent coupled with a burning desire to share a strong message.”
Jacobs says today’s “bubble-gum, get-rich quick” music is the reason he finds it hard to switch on the radio nowadays. “There is no originality anymore. I grew up in an era when artists wanted to be recognised for being unique and creating their own original sound. You wouldn’t want to sound like the other artist just because they are selling more albums.” Jacobs says however that not all of today’s music is bad. “Of course there are exceptions out there but it is the rest of the artists who give the industry a bad name because they are only in it for the money.” He says it is shows like Legends of Ol’ Skool that make going out fun again. The Legends of Ol’ Skool organiser, Nigel Motlogelwa, says the dress code for the event is ‘mascotch’ (checked clothing). He says the genres will range from R&B, soul, Hip Hop, Kwaito to dancehall and house.