With the festive season just around the corner, Francistown’s acclaimed traditional music artist, Nthinthie, a.k.a Ontiretse Zuma Bakaile, will be making his musical tours to further promote his music to his growing legion of fans across the country.
The multi-talented young musician has an album, Mogatsaka, which continues to enjoy airplay on the radio stations. The tour that is scheduled to begin on the 16th of December will have other Botswana musical giants such as Alfredo Mos and Terozee, a local disco artist.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Nthinthie, who also sings traditional choir music, said that the tour will begin at the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) Hall in Francistown on Friday in a bid to take his music to the people.
“The festive season is the right time to take my music to the people as Batswana would be having plenty of time to reflect and enjoy themselves,” he said.
He added that after the performance at the BOCCIM Hall, he will further take his tour to the South Region of Botswana, beginning with villages like Paje, Maokane, Machaneng, Lehututu, Motopo and Letlhakeng.
Nthinthie revealed that his initial performance at the BOCCIM Hall will be charged an entrance fee of P20 before 10 pm and after that each person will be charged P25.
“I will also be shooting a music video for the upcoming Mogatsaka album, which will be released next year in February, and each copy will be worth P50,” he added.
Nthinthie said that these shows will vary in terms of entrance fees depending on the size of the location or area. He said he will also charge his performance by looking at his fan base and looking at the population of the area in which he will be staging his performance.
Nthinthie said that his album, which was released last year, has been performing very well in the market, adding that the only challenge he is facing is the piracy of CD’s by some people. He said this continues to kill the spirit of musicians countrywide.
However, on a positive note, he said that, hopefully, Batswana are beginning to really support local music, especially by attending shows.
“I am really very impressed by how Batswana are supporting my music, especially during the festivals and different shows,” he said.
Nthinthie advised Batswana to enjoy the festive season responsibly and avoid road accidents and other ill habits.