Slated for March 6, a concert dubbed ‘Ancestor’ will be staged at Gaborone’s Culture Art Café. Ancestor will remember a fallen hero who is dear amongst the African community after his body was taken to be exhibited at some museum in France and his body dubbed El Negro has since been repatriated.
Ancestor is in commemoration of the 190th anniversary since a Motlhaping man’s body, supposedly a King, was exhumed from his grave in 1829 and his corpse taken to Europe to exhibit in a museum to amuse Europeans who had never seen a Black man before.
Now known to the world as “El Negro”, the man’s remains were brought back to Botswana in 2000 for burial at Tsholofelo Park in Gaborone.
About the final resting place for El Negro, Letlhogonolo Moremi who is the event organiser explained to WeekendLife that Ancestor is timely for Botswana because it provides a platform to introspect in a concrete way about identity.“The story of this Motlhaping king is a prime example of how we continue to devalue ourselves, our willingness as a nation to accept a few bones and bury them in what has now become a vandalized grave which is no different from any wild patch. It is a reflection of the value we place on ourselves,” he said.
Award winning actor, Donald Molosi, whose name has lately become synonymous with the Upright African Movement that seeks to teach African history in African schools said:
“I am excited to be collaborating with such committed artists who are curious about our roots. It has been 190 years since that Motlhaping-KhoiSan man was stuffed and made into a trophy animal. We may not have been there in 1829 but we must honor this elder.” “This March, myself and other artists like Raymond Geofrey, Bayani Moilwa, Kitso Selatwa and Skit share Ancestor in acknowledgement of that man’s inalienable worth and dignity as a human being despite what colonisers tried to do,” he added.
Molosi emphasises that the absence of this story from the still colonial curriculum in Botswana is a disservice to a younger generation seeking stories of their people. “I also hope that one day we will also stop calling him El Negro and at least name him after his totem, for dignity’s sake,” he said. Molosi’s latest book, Dear Upright African was released this February 28 and it is a manifesto calling for African history to be taught in the African classroom.
The first half of Ancestor comprises solely of an exhibition of noted photographer and stylist Raymond Geofrey’s latest images exploring Africa’s old and new rituals. Geofrey’s principal model in the series of images, is award winning actor Donald Molosi. Molosi’s recorded voice, reading a passage from Dear Upright African about El Negro, will be the soundtrack to Geofrey’s portraiture on March 6th to contextualize the photography installation in a specific story.
“Styling and photography always seek to represent feelings, culture and history. We are making art for now. Black people are rising up. For instance, the makgabe fringe is now a big thing and so on. In this show we are opening conversation about all that,” Geofrey said.
Entrance into the Ancestor: A Concert-Exhibition costs P100 before the event, and P120 at the event. Tickets are available for sale. Contact 74138981, @eminentgrey on twitter/Instagram or inbox the DM Creative Brands pages on social media.
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On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.
The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.
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With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).
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