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Mophato celebrates 5th anniversary


Mophato contemporary dance group will today (Saturday) share a cake as it celebrates its 5th year of existence in the music industry. The contemporary music outfit will host an event at Maitisong at Maruapula School which will run from 1900hrs.


The group, which started off as merely a quartet, can trace its origins as far back as 2009. Fast forward a few years, the Group can now boast of a fourteen member crew. The founder of the group Andrew Letso Kola, in 2009, gave birth to what was to be the first ever Afro fusion and contemporary dance company in Botswana.

Though they initially struggled to win the hearts of Batswana, they were not deterred and they found huge success on their tours to places such as Namibia, United Kingdom, China at the Shanghai Expo, Nigeria, South Africa and Belgium, to showcasing their offering.


Mophato eventually won support locally, taking part in different competitions and events such as the Stepping Stone programme dance umbrella in 2012 where they won pick of the stepping stones 1st award. They have performed at the Miss Botswana pageant, supported jazz guru Shanti Lo at the launch of his album and competed in the Presidents Day arts competitions.

The cream of the cake however was when they showed their mettle by scooping 1st prize award at the My African Dream (MAD) battle of finalists on the 25th March 2011 and they were awarded fifty thousand pula (P50,000) as prize money.


This was the first time that a contemporary dance group won the competition, beating the somewhat more popular kwaito dances and solo vocalists.  


The Group promises to finish off this year with another first in the performing arts.


This treat that the group has planned for its anniversary celebrations will involve a highly energetic dance which requires hard training and focus as they will combine all the routine dances they have ever performed, into one performance. The dance is said to take a very long time and promises to be eye catching with a combination of attires and musical drums.


Despite members leaving the group for various reasons, the group has always managed to attract new members. While the turnover of members poses a challenge on the group to pull off the combined dance routines that they have performed over the years, this will not stop them in their tracks.


Kola confirmed that this mix masala of dances will be the norm after every five years. “Our plan is that every five years, we will show Batswana what we managed to produce in the five years and that will also help us to grow as a brand,” he said. The group will next year continue their good work outside the country. They have been invited to perform at festivals in Norway, Japan and Spain and the dates will be confirmed at a later stage.


 The tickets for the event are selling for P70 and can be purchased at Maitisong Theatre and Web Tickets.
 

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