Monday, July 4, 2022

Socca Moruakgomo hosts Summer Jazz Concert

Afro Jazz muso, Socca Moruakgomo, will be performing for the first time this year on Sunday at Millennium Jazz Restaurant.

Moruakgomo, also known as “Mr Rain”, said it is a warm up for independence celebrations.

He brings with him his fourth feature latest album, Your Smile, and much other new stuff.

Your Smile also sees collaborations with a South African vocalist of Stimela fame, Nana Coyote Motijoane, and Nigerian jazz guitarist, Kunle Ayo. Both musicians performed last year at a summer festival alongside Socca in Gaborone.

The album does not only target the local market but also the international market as is evident in the last track, Zumba Thing, which is dedicated to a Japanese man.

Socca will be performing with his band.
“I will be bringing new stuff to Batswana and a quality performance. I normally perform outside, so they should expect more on the plate on Sunday,” he said.

The legendary Botswana muso said he always prefers to perform in summer. “I am a summer boy, you know! I am always in the studio recording in winter and bring out the music in summer,” he said.

Moruakgomo, who is also a trumpeter and flugelhorn player, studied music in the Botswana army, The Royal School of Music in the United Kingdom and New York’s Juilliard School of Music.

Martial arts is another thing Socca Moruakgomo is famous for, being a 5th Dan Black Belt Karate instructor and the first black citizen to open a karate school in Botswana.

He left the army in the early 80s and embarked on a solo music career. Moruakgomo travelled almost the whole of Europe and Asia. He once played at the Vukani Arts and Culture Festival in Mafikeng, and the Lesedi FM festival in Vereeniging, South Africa.

Moruakgomo also conducted music workshops with the Jazz Ambassadors of New York on their first visit to the country.

He is also a member of the Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) and a founder member of Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU).


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