This event was started by a group of friends who used to come together every beginning of the year with their families to talk about olden days of their childhood and enjoy traditional foods and over the years, more people came in to join them 11 years ago. These people say to continuously find innovative ways of engaging the youth and larger community around issues of culture in bid to preserve and learn about culture, they had to come up with this event.
The annual Cultural Festival Son of the Soil is identical with celebrating of Tswana culture through song, dance, food and dress in secluded areas which are usually a stone’s throw away from the city.
The festival celebrates Botswana culture; it gives participants a chance to sing a Botswana song and dance to it. To play a Botswana game, drink Botswana traditional beer, listen to Botswana folklore and then a chance to brag about Setswana language. “One of our objectives is to foster a sense of national pride and cultural identity as Bana Ba Mmala,” said media publicity for Bana Ba Mmala, Pontsho Pusoetsile.
The theme for the next ten years, according to Pusoetsile is “kwa re go yang,” while the theme for this year is “kwa re go yang – Bana Ba Kgaupe Ba Laelana Go Sale Gale”.
The mission behind each event of Son Of The Soil is to educate people about Tswana culture as some people have very little knowledge about other tribes that Botswana has so by the end of the event, patrons are expected to leave having taken part in every activity and most importantly be knowledgeable about “ngwao ya Setswana.”
Over the years the event has been held over two days but this time around the organiser took it to another great level with it holding through three days. The event’s date has been set for today and it will take three days having started on Friday with a workshop at Boetelo Sun Valley Resort close to Notwane along the Gaborone- Lobatse road. With this year Son of the Soil team say they are trying and exploring the origins of Batswana and at the same time celebrate the growth of the event.
According to Pusoetsile, “The whole event will start on Friday until Sunday.” The Saturday event will start in the morning with attendees helping in preparation of Botswana dishes and meats. After the food is served, the afternoon is spent playing traditional games and drinking traditional beer and drinks like gemere. Late afternoon, activities continue with choir competition, borankana, diane and dithamalakane. Then later in the evening attendees will be dancing along to traditional artists and DJs that special in traditional music.
“We believe all the event that we will hold during the weekend and all the four different venues for our workshop, the relaxed Friday evening, the main event on Saturday and the Jazz on Sunday present a great opportunity for our sponsors to showcase their messages and also demonstrate their love for the people of this country by demonstrating support for their way of life,” said Pusoetsile.
“Son of the Soil is targeted at the young and upwardly mobile urban dwellers who want to keep in touch or reconnect with their culture,” said Pusoetsile. Since the mission behind this event is to promote culture, Pusoetsile says they would not allow anybody to enter the venue with a jean, only traditional attire is allowed.
Bana Ba Mmala, the organizing group, has come a long way and together with their loyal sponsor they have put in a lot of effort, time and money into seeing this event go on for so long and becoming stronger year after year.
“As Bana Ba Mmala we are very proud of the leadership role that Son of the Soil cultural event has been building in the cultural preservation space and we want to continue to grow this area nationally,” Pusoetsile concluded.
P250.00 ticket will afford you to attend the Friday event, the main event being held on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are sold at Shoprite stores around the country and Checkers in Airport Junction Mall.
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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 / email@example.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.