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Moratiwa: An African tragedy brings life to stage

In what could only be described as an incomparable performance last week, on stage at Mantlwaneng Theatre, Westwood was brought to a standstill when legendary Socca Moruakgomo finally revealed an unsurpassed performance that spelled touching emotions and brought to life the story of an African girl child who was brutally murdered for ritual purposes.

The play, Moratiwa: An African Tragedy is part of the Performing Arts 100 Project, and the Target 20K initiative under the Ministry of Education and Skills Development in collaboration with Limkokwing University, coordinated by the legendary Socca Moruakgomo. It compromised of one hundred out of school students who were selected from thousands of unemployed youths by a selected dedicated group of entertainment industry veterans during a gruelling nationwide audition tour who are now enrolled in a nine month intensive boot camp training programme divided into three specialties being Drama, Theatre and Dance.

The project coordinator, Moruakgomo stated that he was very impressed with the project progress and the student’s transformation since their enrolment which was witnessed by many during the musical showcases at Mantlwaneng.

Moratiwa is a musical play which narrates the story of a young girl called Gaone Matlapeng, who went missing and was believed to have been sacrificed. It takes place in a rural village called Xamshiko in Botswana, wherein the early 1980s, villagers approached the village leaders and police officials at the Kgotla about her case and raised concern about the police ignorance about the matter. Her case was dismissed after the police long investigations which ended up with no evidence or any information that led to her disappearance.

The case became a great concern to the villagers and they became suspicious, that top officials in the village and Government officials were actually responsible for the upsurge in ritual killings.

Through narration, song, and dance, the story brings Gaone’s tragic ritual killing and practice to light, the story comprised singers, dancers and actors, accompanied by a live band.

The Performing Arts 100 cast led by the electrifying vocal performances of the Fisher Siblings; Shugie, Bonny and Lifi took to the stage in a celebratory mood while the band seamlessly linked the first song to the second song called Celebration. The song speaks of the journey that Botswana has gone through since her independence in 1966, celebrating the vast achievements of peace and tranquillity, a caring nation and stable economy, celebrating all the tribes of Botswana. The narration of Gaone’s story and the music blends well until the last act, where the group present different types of traditional dances in Botswana.

For his part one of the projects academic lecturers, Joseph Dikgomo said as a Performing Arts lecturer he has no doubt that the Performing Arts 100 is a good initiative and did well for a first time programme. In the programme students are selected based mainly on pure talent and experience. “The academic part of the programme compliments the practical training giving  students hope as they have the opportunity to learn the right theories which are designed to help them deliver world-class performances while up-skilling themselves into becoming professionals at their craft,” said Dikgomo.

He concluded that he sees this as a great development to the entire arts industry in Botswana which will erase the wrong perception that one cannot make a decent career out of performing and that Botswana lacks professional practitioners in the arts industry.

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

14th October 2022

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 / masimololebasadi@gmail.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.

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