By Mosidi Mokaeya
The city is buzzing in anticipation of Mo Town and Afro Nights featuring The Manhattans and The Temptations Review. The show is scheduled to light up Gaborone come Friday night at Ba Isago Convention Center.
“The reason why we call it The Temptations review is because they were here last year. Our main headliner though is The Manhattans. They will share the stage with Cheek to Cheek, Joe Nina, Tshepi and Refilwe Boleseng,” said Archie Seboni of Tshepi Live Entertainment in an interview.
The Manhattans and The Temptations are very well known American oldies bands with very well known ballads. “The Manhattans have created some of the world’s most amazing R&B singles and albums. Their work includes million dollar songs like Kiss and Say Goodbye. They have recorded 45 chart hits on the Billboard R&B Chart, including twelve top 10 R&B hits in the United States. They were on the Billboard chart for the first time in 1965,” said Seboni.
The Temptations also released a series of popular songs back in the day and have enjoyed a successful music career. The group worked with American producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/45_rpm_single” \o “45 rpm single”single Cloud Nine in October 1968. “The Temptations were significant in the evolution of HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm_and_blues” \o “Rhythm and blues”R&B and soul music. The band members are still known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are among the most successful groups in American music history,” said an excited Seboni.
Commenting on why they chose Ba Isago Convention Centre, Seboni said out of all the places they checked it had the most holding capacity.
“The hall has a holding capacity of 4000 people. Last year when The Temptations came to Gaborone we had the show at Gaborone International Convention Centre. Although it was a beautiful venue, there was not enough space for people to dance. Its holding capacity is only 1000 people,” he said. He added, “Ba Isago on the other hand will afford people all the space and freedom they need to put their dancing shoes to good use all night long.”
Seboni said there will be ample parking and visible security throughout the event. “The university has more than enough grounds that will be turned into well marked parking spaces. We will have tight security at every inch of the venue. People will feel safe and not worry about their personal security and that of their belongings,” said Seboni. He further stated that the security personnel will be patrolling armed dogs on horseback and on foot.
Tickets for the show are on sale at Computicket and selected stores across the city.
“For further details on ticket sales, prices, show line up and times, people can visit Tshepi Live Facebook Page,” said Seboni. He said the Manhattans and The Temptations are due to arrive at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport on Tuesday. “Members of the public are most welcome to tag along as we give them the warm welcome they deserve,” he said.