All roads led to Mafikeng this past weekend as the South African town hosted multitudes for the 14th annual Mafikeng 60s Party, leaving the streets of Gaborone bare. The 60s party is supported and promoted annually by South African Tourism, and is a popular annual three-day convergence of music lovers from all across the region and the continent. This mother of all parties took place this year from the 2nd to the 4th of December.
Staged for the past 5 years at Monare Farm just outside Mafikeng, the show attracted throngs from all over South Africa and the Southern African sub-continent. Attendees came in their numbers from countries such as Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique, with a particularly large following from Botswana.
The whole of Mafikeng was buzzing with energy and vibe all weekend long, from the malls, carwashes, shops and hotels, with customers and business owners alike, all getting their dues.
The weekend began with a Pre-party at Red Ox on Friday which went on until the wee hours of the morning.
Simultaneously, there was a shut down party at Swagger at The Crossing Mall, which also saw the patrons leave only at dawn.
The highlight of the weekend, the Main party at Monare Farms on Saturday, did not disappoint. The line up featured internationally acclaimed Harrison Krump, and local DJs such as Tira, Mahoota and Vatkoek who drove the crowd wild and the star of the night who never disappoints, Zakes Bantwini.
Our very own Mc Dee held his own against the heavyweights, rendering a great set to the cheers of the crowd. The show begrudgingly came to a close after 9am to Oskido playing Bob Marley’s One Love, when the attendants left the venue and Mafikeng to wait yet again for next December.