With the unprecedented drought currently engulfing the country, local artists have since joined the band wagon encouraging people to conserve water. While Government including the mandated Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources hase embarked on PR campaign strategies to conserve water including the unpopular water rationing, Medupe and Boys Choir have taken to the vocals inorder to relay the message.
The Old Naledi choir released a single track entitled Letamo la Gaborone- warning the public against wasting any drop of water in the face of the current severe water crisis bedeviling the country. “We have since taken heed of Government commitment to saving water as Botswana runs dry- thus the single track,” says the 44 year old Ohilwe Ohilwe from Old Naledi location.
In the single track, the 6 male dominated encourage water conservation. “Everyone is involved in these hard times. There is certainly no water in the country,” Ohilwe added. Living just a stone’s throw from Gaborone Dam, the Shoshong native knows firsthand the prevailing and devastating conditions of the Dam – a source of water for public consumption in the entire Gaborone City and the Greater Gaborone.
The cover of his single depicts the harrowing effects of the drying Gaborone Dam. The group leader, Ohilwe reminds his fans and the past generations of the old “Kgaupe” childhood play game folksong with his lyrics, Metsi ga a yo…A nole ke kgaupe,” referring to the drying of Botswana, and in particular the Gaborone Dam.
For more than two decades in the music industry, Ohilwe has not benefited from his devoted business whatsoever, with a certain Stona Records Company sponsoring and recording his music only to disappear into thin air with nothing to reap.
“They sold my album but I never obtained anything from the sales,” he decried, referring to Ngwao album which he released in 1996. The songs Morwalela and Kwa ga Maila enjoyed much airplay in both national radio stations, RB 1 and RB 2. But that was before the introduction Copyright Society of Botswana – an organisation mandated to collect royalties for artists. Ohilwe has since registered with the society.
He has since dispatched his Letamo la Gaborone single to the national public radio stations including Duma commercial radio station and expects his product to be aired soon for public consumption. Ohilwe’s biggest problem is the quest to secure a suitable business minded sponsor and a manager.
“Should we get a suitable sponsor and manager I believe we will get somewhere,” he says. Bullet Music Production recorded his single but he could not afford to record more because of financial constraints. That notwithstanding, Ohilwe intends to record a collective album in the near future as he has other imaginary songs to accompany his new single release- Letamo La Gaborone.
With wedding ceremonies and party invitations being his source of income, he believes he will eventually make ends meet and release the album. He is currently playing around commercial shops at the Gaborone Station to market his single.
He intends to approach the Department of Arts and Culture to solicit a sponsorship after he has secured a business orientated personal sponsor and manager.