One of Britain’s most exciting and versatile artists, Soweto Kinch, is expected to hit the shores of Botswana on the 16th of April.
The 32-year-old award winning altoÔÇôsaxophonist, jazz artist, MC/Rap artist, comes to the country courtesy of Elan Botswana as part of their Cross Border Projects, which is the company’s social responsibility initiative.
According to Elan Botswana founder, Semane Khama, while in the country, Soweto Kinch will conduct workshops and tour different areas of Gaborone, schools, music studios, The Masiela Trust Fund orphanages, as well as visiting different art centres, such Thapong Visual Arts Studio. Soweto Kinch will also be expected to perform in a benefit show alongside some of the best local artists, including, among others, Botswana’s premiere jazz maestro Shanti Lo.
“Soweto will perform with some of the very best musicians, poets and dancers chosen from all different walks of life and with fusion of jazz, hip hop, traditional music and classical,” Khama said in an interview.
The proceeds from the show will, according to the Elan Botswana Director, go towards improving arts based education in orphanages, with Keletso Day Care Centre in Molepolole earmarked to be the first beneficiary.
Khama says they chose the arts as their education development strategy for the orphanages as ‘they are stimulating to the mind.’
“The arts are a broad industry as an entity on its own. It involves a lot of things like music, painting or even dancing and this industry is big in other countries,” Khama said.
She says they chose to invite Soweto here as he shares the same objectives and vision of improving the lives of the underprivileged. She further added that the tour will be used to share ideas and experiences while also being used to highlight the challenges faced by the orphans as well as the arts and culture of Botswana.
“The idea is to┬átransfer skills, ideas and talent between two cultures through the same discipline, being music, art and drama. We want to utilise this unique opportunity and platform to demonstrate, as well as share the culture of music and the lifestyle of the arts in Botswana, but keeping in mind the main focus which is raising funds for the orphanages of the Masiela Trust Fund,” Khama said.
She says Soweto’s visit will be shot into a diary-style documentary, which will be broadcast by Music Television (MTV) Base Africa.
While here, Soweto is expected to hold a workshop for students at Maruapula School as well as another one for people in the arts industry. Khama says the Maruapula workshop will be open to all students, irrespective of whether they attend at Maruapula or not.