Local music ensemble, Women of Jazz, has promised to put on a World-class performance, come Friday 26th when they will perform during the Mascom Live Sessions at BotswanaCraft. The group consists of Punah Gabasiane, Nnunu Ramogotsi and Kearoma Rantao.
They will be sharing the stage with legendary South African jazz maestro, Ringo Madlingozi.
In an interview with Lifestyle, one of the group members, Nnunu Ramogotsi, said they have been rehearsing vigorously throughout the month.
“We want to give Batswana something they never expected to come from this country. Our fans should expect something they see on TV. We know Ringo is a versatile artist, but we are going to give him a run for his money,” she warned.
Fellow group member, Kearoma Rantao, seconded Ramagotsi, “We have played with established artists like Letta Mbulu, Johny Mokhali, Tshepho Tshola, Bongo Muffin, and Theo Kgosinkwe before. I am looking forward to sharing the stage with Madlingosi! He is an amazing artist. Expect fire, as always from the songsters, Women of Jazz has grown bigger. You know we love and respect our tailor made gowns, and extraordinary angelic voices of the ladies.”
Rantao said that they are going to perform as solo acts, then as a group. She said she is going to play songs from her recently launched debut solo album, ‘When the music plays’.
Nnunu recently put on a sizzling performance during the launch of her solo project, Mmasonoko, at the GICC. She says the response from Batswana has been very positive since.
“I have been getting quite a few corporate bookings. CD sales are good; the media has also been very supportive,” she said.
Nnunu said her recent tour of Southern Africa, which included Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Mozambique, was also a huge success.
“The response I got in these countries was overwhelming. In Malawi I found that local group Culture Spear’s Makhirikhiri is a big hit among the locals.”
The Mascom Live Sessions is hosted by BotswanaCraft and is currently running its second year and has seen top local and international artists perform there. Amongst them, Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela, Micassa, Shanti Lo, Bhudaza, Lira and Banjo Mosele.