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The Jonathan Butler touchdown

Award winning music genius, Jonathan Butler is expected to headline this year’s edition of the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC), one of the biggest events in the region.

According to his biography, South African expatriate Butler isn't really a Jazz artist, but his laid-back, slightly jazz-tinged approach to R&B/ Pop has earned the singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer a lot of supporters in the urban contemporary, adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth Jazz markets.

The “well travelled” Butler has enjoyed a following since the late '70s, although he reached his commercial peak in the late '80s, and he continues to tour and record in the 21st century.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa in October 1961, Butler was only a child when he started singing and playing acoustic guitar. He was the youngest of about 12 children and absorbed a variety of music when he was a kid. He was an admirer of South African stars like singer Miriam Makeba, but he was also hip to the American soul and jazz artists who lived thousands of miles away in the United States. Stevie Wonder became a major influence, and so did former-hard bop-guitarist-turned-R&B/ Pop-singer George Benson.

Butler didn't remain in South Africa much longer; in the early '80s, he escaped from apartheid regime and moved to England where Jive's main office was located, and where Butler remained for 17 years. He maintained a loyal following in the '80s and '90s, not only in his native South Africa, but also, in the U.S. and Europe. One of his biggest releases came in 1987, when Jive released a self-titled album that contained a hit cover of the Staple Singers' "If You're Ready (Come With Me)", which found him performing a duet with British urban contemporary singer Ruby Turner.

And Butler's next Jive album, 1988's More Than Friends, was also a big seller; that CD gave us the major hits "Lies" (which was nominated for a Grammy) and "Sarah, Sarah."

Butler continued to record for Jive in the early '90s; then, in the late '90s and early 2000s, he provided three albums for N-Coded Music: 1997's Do You Love Me? 1999's Story of Life, and 2000's The Source. After that, Butler, who turned 40 in October 2001, left N-Coded and moved to Warner Bros., which released Surrender in June 2002.

With the release of 2004's Worship Project, Butler, a life-long Christian, began to find more ways to express his faith alongside his smooth jazz and R&B styling’s. Even when he grooved, spirituality was at the centre of such albums as Jonathan (2005), Brand New Day (2007), So Strong (2010), and Grace and Mercy (2012). Butler's first-ever holiday album, Merry Christmas to You, appeared in 2013. The following year, he was joined by bassist Marcus Miller, saxophonist Elan Trotman, and others for Living My Dream, and in 2015, he delivered the gospel-infused Free.

This year 2016, he is expected to headline the GIMC come September 3rd at the national stadium. Last month it was announced that in just two editions of GIMC, Africa.com and African Association of Cultural Festivals had listed GIMC as one of the top 10 festivals to attend in Africa.

The list includes well known and old festivals like Lake of Stars in Malawi, Bush Fire in Swaziland, HIFA in Zimbabwe, Cape Town Jazz Festival in South Africa, OppiKoppi in Limpopo South Africa, Festal in Lagos, Nigeria, Vic Falls Carnival in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe, and Festival Mawazine in Rabbat, Morocco.  Some of these festivals are over 15 years old and for GIMC to have cracked into the top 10 within such a short space of time is amazing and commendable.

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

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

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