The top six acts for the senior category of My African Dream (MAD) were selected last Friday at Maitisong. After auditioning over one thousand acts in Maun, Francistown, Palapye and Gaborone, Towelah Gabasiane, Reggae Boom Doom, Botlhodi ja Motse, Dithapo Theatre Group, True dat-Izvare and Majimbos made it into the public voteline stage.
Towelah Gabasiane, who had been the first performer for the night, gave a rousing performance of Celine Dion’s version of Natural Woman. She performed the song with the zeal that has become synonymous with it, thanks to the exceptional vocalists that have sung it.
Francistown’s Reggae Boom Doom attacked the stage with a dancehall song that was accompanied by choreographed dance, which some of the audience joined in.
Two drama groups, Botlhodi ja Motse of Palapye and Maun’s Dithapo Theatre Group, made it into the senior top six and gave plays on two contrasting subjects. While Botlhodi ja Motse gave a performance on HIV stigma, a rude brother terrorises his brother and nephew, both of whom claim to be HIV positive. Interestingly, the play does not even confirm if it is true or not.
Dithapo presented a comedic piece about a debt-ridden man who tries to avoid his creditors unsuccessfully with humorous results.
The two dance acts that made it into the voteline stage, True dat-Izvare and Majimbos, also presented two interesting performances, True dat-Izvare are a hip hop act and they presented a performance that was uncharacteristic of a hip hop dance group, who peppered the hip hop music with songs ranging from an old school mbaqanga song, and Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing, which was among the climaxes of their performance as they whipped out roses from their pockets and bit them while they danced suggestively. The flamboyantly dressed Majimbos gave a dance performance that pulled all the stops of pantsula jiving, including the flying hat.
MAD Talent show is in its 14th year and, as has become the tradition in the last couple of years, the finals will be televised and voting lines will open after the national broadcast on Btv.