He is without doubt one of the best musicians to come out of this country. Music fans who did not attend Tumediso Loeto, a.k.a., Shanti Lo’s album launch at SSKB auditorium on Saturday should have every reason to pinch themselves for losing out on a spectacular performance because that’s what fans got when the pint sized afro jazz singer took to the stage during the launch and live DVD shoot for his latest offering, Lorato.
Though he put up a world-class performance, which also featured My African Dream finalists, Mophato Dance Troup, the attendance was lower than expected. Shanti Lo’s manager and jazz promoter, Soares Katumbela of Streethorn Promotions, said they were not surprised “because Batswana are still not supportive of Batswana musicians, more especially if it is a Motswana performing alone”.
“We won’t give up as we believe Shanti Lo is one of Botswana musicians to break that barrier.”
He commended the artist for a brilliant show saying some of the fans in attendance felt they got much more than the P100 that the tickets were sold for.
Performing with a live band and backed by four equally talented vocalists, the show was divided into two sets.
During the first set, he performed Kgogomodumo, Lerato, O ya kae, A re fofe. O ya kae, Masquenada and Wait to Bloom.
Changing his attires four times during the show, the last set saw him dish out Nonyane, Boloi, Be Butle, Mauane, Give Me My Life, Ngwao, as well as Ditshwanelo.
Though the album is not yet available on the international market, Katumbela says they are working on that and said Shanti Lo, who has already performed at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in South Africa, may soon be heading to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then Nigeria.