Sedibeng Choral Society will play their role in branding and selling Botswana as they are scheduled for a two week stint in Europe on a tour which will see them perform in the United Kingdom, Scotland and Sweden.
This will be the group’s second trip to Europe after performing in London back in 2010 at the invitation of a BBC producer whom they mesmerised during his visit to Botswana with Alexander McCall Smith of The Number One Ladies Detective.
“We have a production called ‘Made in Botswana’ which we have taken to Europe before,” says Director Andy Batshogile, “It is a musical about Setswana culture the message of which we hope the audience will be able to interpret.”
He says as part of their tour they will also perform at a cultural night organised by the Botswana Embassy in Sweden on October 1st. “Our first performance will be in at the Kew Gardens in London on September 29th before moving onto Central London the following day to perform at St Paul’s Cathedral,” Batshogile says.
On the October 2nd they are set to perform at the Regina Theatre where they will be hosted by a Swedish based group, Blu Congo. “We have established a relationship with the group and they will be visiting Botswana sometime next year,” says Batshogile. Only thirteen members of the group, down from the thirty that performed in London back in 2010 will depart on Thursday September 26th and return back home on October 10.
Sedibeng choir was founded in 2005 and is known for performing both western classical music and African traditional music. ┬áThe Choir prides itself with its local traditional music, which most of the time is accompanied by the┬áAfrican┬ádrum and other percussion instruments adding vibe, flavour and colour.┬á
The choir has performed various classical theatrical works including Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Creation,┬áBeethoven’s┬áChoral┬ásymphony┬áand choral fantasy. They have also done opera’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Pirates of Penzance to┬ámention┬áa few.
Sedibeng has sung along with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, South Africa’s Sibongile, opened for Don laka and Vusi Mahlasela as well as USA’s Shaggy. They are renowned for performing at corporate establishments and embassies here in Botswana. And they will further spreading their wings and music to Europe.