A Motswana traditional music artist, trainer and adjudicator, Odirile Rammoni aka Lesilo, this week left for Australia to perform a one-man show in a cultural exchange festival slated to be seen by an audience of more than 290 000.
He said he recorded musical instruments and animated sounds to which he will dance and thereafter explain what they are in Setswana culture to viewers from across the globe who will attend the festival.
“I am going to show them various types of traditional music – tsutsube, phathisi, selete, ndazola, and hosanna and wear leather outfits which I know people there are fascinated to watch. Botswana is mostly known in those overseas countries as a diamond producing country. Few know it as a tourist destination and I aim to market it through art,” said Rammoni.
“I decided to get a loan from a bank so that I sponsor myself because I take this event and my art seriously. This is an opportune moment to establish an innovative approach of marketing Botswana tourism. I have even prepared some papers that I am going to present there about my country,” he said.
Rammoni expressed gratitude for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ support in preparation for his trip.
Last year, his group travelled to Australia and impressed their hosts, which led to the invitation for the cultural exchange festival.