Local jazz sensation Shanti Lo and new kids on the block Sereetsi and the Natives have been invited to perform at two of the biggest jazz events in Mahikeng (SA) later this month.
‘Sereetsi and The Natives’ have been booked to perform in Mafikeng at a newly unveiled festival known as Mahika-Mahikeng on December 13th. The show will feature Oliver Mutukudzi, Jaziel Brothers, Tshepo Tshola, Bhudaza, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, KB Motsilenyane, Lucas Senyatso and Nathi, among others. Sereetsi’s invitation follows the release of their critically acclaimed album Four String Confessions.
Shanti Lo has also been booked to perform at the 4th Annual Mahikeng Jazz Festival, which will take place at Lotlamoreng Dam on December 19th. Shanti Lo’s manager Soares Katumbela said the festival, hosted by Merakeng Foundation, offers an authentic live music experience.
“This year the festival curators have assembled a line-up of artists to stage the best in contemporary African jazz,” he said.
Jazz lovers will unwind on the sides of Lotlaamoreng dam and enjoy headline acts including legendary jazz saxophonist Barney Rachabane, the iconic Ray Phiri with Stimela, piano virtuoso Kyle Shepherd, platinum selling artist Zahara, singer and guitarist Ernie Smith, jazz songstress Wanda Baloyi and Afro jazz muso Shanti Lo.
Other acts will include Up North, T.S, DJ PhatK, DJ Smallz and DJ LSG.
Tickets are available at all Computicket outlets and at the gate on the day of the festival.
“All are encouraged to bring along sufficient sunscreen and water,” said Katumbela.
He added that his company, Streethorn is offering an exclusive Mahikeng Jazz Festival VIP experience package that includes accommodation, VIP admission, meals, event merchandise and transportation from Gaborone.
“We strive to promote Botswana music and musicians abroad as a way of complementing Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO)’s efforts,” he said.
“This is why we continue to forge sustainable relationships with colleagues from various countries in and out of Africa to promote our music.”
Katumbela recently returned from a cultural exchange tour in Europe with the Re Batswana Music Ensemble.
Traditional Music Exposition:
Locally, on Tuesday 8th December Botswana Craft will host a traditional music exposition, aimed at promoting Botswana. “Footprints Advertising is proud to introduce to you one of the biggest cultural music festivals to ever happen in Botswana,” says a statement from the organisers.
The statement says the event will feature talented local traditional artists as well as upcoming artists and poets. “The concept involves the identification and invitation of various traditional music artists from all over the country. The event is characterized by Setswana poetry, as well as Kalanga and Basarwa traditional groups, Dikhwaere (choirs) and different acts playing indigenous instruments.