During a press conference recently held in Francistown, the project coordinator and founder of Colastraw Records, Bonno Ngaka, popularly known as DJ Colastraw asked the media and Francistown residents to come in large numbers to support a cause larger than just a music festival.
He said this year’s Toropo Ya Muka 3.0 music festival is not just about having fun and promoting dance and music, but it’s going to be bigger and better because it’s about women empowerment and giving back to the community of Francistown.
The show which is slated for May 27, 2017 at the Francistown Sports Complex, will start at 10am in the morning with a series of 5-a-side football games and end the following day at 6am.
Ngaka explained that the soccer tournament is aimed at raising funds for charities of people living with disabilities.
“We ask all the companies and businesses in Francistown to register their staff for the soccer tournament because with every goal scored during the tournament a P100 donation will go towards people living with disabilities. So we will all be contributing to charity in a way,” he said.
Ngaka also said Toropo Ya Muka 3.0 is about empowering women through sports. He asked women to form teams that will participate in the tournament and play against men.
“This is about gender equality and women empowerment as well. Toropo Ya Muka 3.0 is not just about entertainment. We are also going to raise money to complete the Monarch kgotla shelter which burnt down to ashes in 2014, we kindly ask you to help us mobilise,” said Ngaka.
Ngaka further said preparations for the festival are at an advanced stage and they have managed to secure 200 security personnel to make sure their patrons are safe as they anticipate larger numbers this year.
The festival first launched in 2015 and attracted 800 people with a lineup of 15acts, then last year 4 000 people attended with a line-up of 20 acts. This year, thousands more are expected to fill up the stadium as 40 acts have been lined up with the likes of La Timmy, Guyvos, MC Maswe, Benny T, Gouveia, Kast and many others.
The festival which is known in Francistown for attracting the largest crowd aims to emulate Kast’s Tlatsa Lebala by filling up the Francistown Sports Complex this time around.