Guitar lovers and enthusiasts are in for a treat next weekend as Botswana Craft will host legendary guitar players at their Guitar Festival, notably, the headline act, Louis Mhlanga who will be performing at Botswana Craft for the second time since 2014.
Mhlanga will share the stage with two of Botswana’s most accomplished guitarists, John Selolwane and Banjo Mosele. The local duo, are both former key members of Kalahari Band, a local outfit that was roped in to back Hugh Masekela in the 1980s. All three artists’ sound has been influenced by sounds of mbaqanga and a hint of rock and roll, which they all have professed to have listened to while growing up.
All three legendary guitarists have all played on international stages and backed international artists, such as Andy Narell, Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, and Hugh Masekela.
Norway based Mosele, perhaps Botswana’s most accomplished Jazz artist, has been in the industry for over two decades. Mosele moved to Oslo, Norway, in the 90's and performs frequently in Europe and the U.K. In 2003, he released his first solo album, Badisa and his second album, Movin' On, came out in 2005.
Mosele returns to Botswana at least three or four times a year, and that’s where he recorded his most recent album Nowa Days collaborating entirely with local talent.
Lately, Mosele has been working with the Botswana Musicians Union to better promote his country’s music.
Meanwhile John Selolwane spent a considerable time performing shows around the world with Paul Simon and living in New York. It was only in the mid 1990s that he would come back to Botswana to stay. He attributed his return to him missing home and being tired from living off his suitcase. He then would join Bra Hugh Masekela, spending years commuting between Botswana and Johannesburg for performances with the “Thanayi” hit maker. He parted ways with Masekela in 2009, though he never explicitly stated his reasons. Reports however later surfaced, that implied that Selolwane believed he was being ripped off. He has not released an album of his own yet, but continues to play some shows locally.
As for Mhlanga, he has as an interesting background as his guitar. The lanky, soft-spoken player is a South African, but he was raised in Zimbabwe, listening to rock’n roll and Jimi Hendrix, Congolese music, and schooled in Botswana. Since his music career took off in the 1970’s, Mhlanga has established himself as a musician of note.
Studies in London exposed Mhlanga to West African music, which he followed up with a residency at King Sunny Ade's Nigerian studio before returning to Zimbabwe and then settling in South Africa. He has been a sideman for artists like Thomas Mapfumo, Miriam Makeba and Andy Narell and has collaborated with others as diverse as Malian singer, Habib Koite and Dutch free jazzer, Paul van Kemenade.
A century and a half ago, it was the guitar that linked memories of home all across the continent. Migrants came from many places and their music borrowed freely from neighbours’ with different traditions and, later, from the radio to create innovative urban styles. Of course, it's this history that gives Mhlanga‘s music its diversity, from irrepressible Afro-rock through rhythmically complex echoes of Zimbabwean mbira music, to intricate modern jazz improvisation.
Joining the trio is Damien Kapenda Katuta, a Congolese national currently working and residing in Botswana. Kapenda has worked with many local and international artists such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Jeff Matheatau and Vee. Katuta has also shared the stage with; Jimmy Dludlu, Hugh Masekela, Tshepo Tshola, Mango Groove, Salif Keita, Earl Klugh, Kenny Latimore, Andy Narrel, Malaika and Hot Stix Mabuse.
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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.
Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.
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).
Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Bash Connektor Facebook page.