Thursday, October 29, 2020

Political parties snubbing local musicians

The opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has denied suggestions that it has fallen into the current wave of luxurious trappings, saying their musical talent import show was born out of a curiosity to diversify the party.

The BCP used to invite local musicians to grace their party’s events but at the Kanye political rally, the party invited South African musical muso, Patricia Majalisa.

She was accompanied by her up-and-coming compatriot, Slindile, at a gathering to launch Kentse Rammidi over the weekend at Rammidi’s home in Kanye Village.

“It is a fact that we employed the services of Majalisa and Slindile,” conceded Taolo Lucas, the BCP’s Publicity Secretary. “We are not a stagnant party but we are trying to move alongside the dictates of political life. We want to diversify.”

He added that the show was the party’s first attempt to import talent from outside.

Botswana Democratic Party Member of Parliament Botsalo Ntuane set the trend ahead of the previous national elections when he put on stage another renowned South African musician, Dan Tshanda, during his campaign. Along with his musical collaborators, such as Splash, Dalom Kids and Matshikos, Tshanda set Gaborone West on fire as hordes of residents and the general public attended the show in the area.

Ntuane went on to win the Gaborone West South constituency with a convincing margin attributed to both his then political acumen and the South African invitees.

Together with several BDP MPs who defected from the BDP, he co-founded the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) and toured the country with the musical group.

When he retraced his footsteps back to the BDP, Ntuane once more invited the same group last year to welcome himself back into his traditional BDP red colours.

“We have in the past invited local talent but this time around BCP choir graced the occasion along side the South African musicians,” Lucas further revealed.

Majalisa shot into the South African music scene at the same time with Tshanda in the early 80s and sang alongside him as an item.

The relationship would not last long but continued to collaborate on the musical front.

Both Majalisa and Tshanda have massive support in the country in almost equal measure.

The Cool down and Witch Doctor hits singer threw the audience into a frenzy and excitement.

The latest Majalisa offerings, including Ditsala tsame, proved her musical prowess at the launch.
Asked about the high cost of importing foreign musicians at the expense of locals, Lucas said: “How can we invite someone from outside for free?.”

He added that the BCP dug deeper into its pockets to foot the bill.

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