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Animating Kasi life

Publishing Date : 05 December, 2017


The trio of Omogolo Ramaroba, Peter Mochine and Olebogeng Mochine are determined to change the local landscape as far as animation production is concerned. Their animation series, Tobetsa have become a hit online.

The series, they say, aims at retelling the township life story. The animation series was started in 2015 by the three Limkokwing University of Creative Technology graduates. The three noticed the gap in the industry for animation and immediately wanted to dive right in to meet the country’s entertainment needs. In an interview with WeekendLife the Cut Out animator, Peter Mochine explained that they drew their inspiration from the streets therefore they decided on the piece of work that can represent the ‘Kasi’ lifestyle.

“Our inspiration comes from the streets. Growing up in the township you get exposed to different things, good and bad; we realized that the Kasi lifestyle is like a voice has never been heard before. So we decided to unleash that voice,” he said. Moreover he emphasized, their animation is all about expanding the chips. The trio is all about entertaining their audience, creating these concoctions to make some indigenous township flavoured scenery.

“Our characters are all about that hardcore township flavour I mean like, if you take for example what was happening in Oodi (kgatleng) in the early 2000's, it was all hardcore, the dance groups, the Gangs, smoking in corner store, streets buzzing with original Pantsulas,” he explained. The cartoons are all about character building through telling a tale by the main character, Tobetsa.

“The animation is about a 10 year old boy called ‘Tobetsa’ who is always having an argument with his father. The two never agree and the father has tried to speak some sense to him but ended up failing. The story line also shares a message that depicts that people who are indisciplined and are up in trouble,” he said. “Although many people might not believe in the local craft, they want to show people that they are capable,” Peter said. “The main message is to let people know that we as Batswana are capable of creating world class art form,” he highlighted.

Although they do not have sponsors for now, they explained to WeekendLife that they are getting positive feedback from people and that their work has not gone unnoticed throughout the country. “We have got positive responses from the receiving end and some papers have even approached us to do short clips for them. So our craft has been noticed around,” he said. The creative Director, Ramaroba pleaded with potential sponsors to help support them. “We plead to anyone who sees the potential in us to support us by any means and we urge companies to advertise through our animation because we have following everywhere,” he said.



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