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MMASONOKO: Thari ya Sechaba Jazz Festival on cards

Jazz genre is quite a break taking melody that exists in many forms. It can be relaxing, upbeat, slow, fast, erratic, and many other variations. The best jazz music can transport a listener to a different time and place, wringing every ounce of emotion out of them before bringing them back to the present.

Finding these experiences involves making other, more physical journeys. The best place to find the latest and greatest jazz is at one of the many jazz festivals held annually around the world.

The likes of trumpeter Hugh Masekela, vocalist Mariam Makeba and Shanti Lo are some of the jazz legends who have been performing in a wide variety of jazz styles that are sure to inspire and delight jazz fans from all over the world.

Not only is Shanti Lo the jazz star in Botswana. There is a small crop of dedicated women who identify themselves as ‘Women on Jazz” and they are equally talented. These powerful women are in to give jazz music a fresh taste, and they have been doing so consistently over the year. At times, they fix each other’s crowns, talk about ‘show me your friends and I will tell who you are.’ The world really, needs these kinds of women.

Talking about these songbirds standing for each other, the much anticipated and first of its kind in Botswana, Thari ya Sechaba Jazz Festival is created particularly for women in jazz.

This is a musical project of BTK Productions in collaboration with Showcase Piazza. Scheduled to take place in Gaborone next week, Thari ya Sechaba Jazz Festival came after a blue realization that these top musicians are barely booked to showcase their talents in a number of events.

When addressing members of the media in Gaborone this week, BTK Productions Director Tsholofelo Keebone said “We came up with this concept looking at the fact that women in the music industry fail to secure bookings in events. The project really is also a way of supporting and empowering women in this industry, established or fledgling artists. This platform will boost the dignity of these women and also help unprivileged artists.”

“These are women who wish to tell their story through jazz music. They include  the legendary Punah Gabasiane, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Nono Siile the self-taught jazz artist, Mshilo, Rachel Taukobong, Poifo, Tebogo Kethoilwe, Zana  Cultural  Vanguard, Kanvutu and former Mokaragana presenter, an upcoming jazz artist Atamelang Tlhomelang.

The live festival will see supporting acts from the music industry’s superstars, Anafiki of ‘Re Babedi’ fame, Lister Boleseng, Boago Fenju, Mosako, Kast and Rraagwe Tinana. Keebone stressed that there will also be two live bands.

Jazz festivals call for an exclusive look and relaxed ambience. Some patrons sip on some expensive red wine as sweet melodies take them to Cloud9. Really, the point is not to sweat but sit, relax and go with the flow. Now, this is classic. Keebone narrated the theme of the jazz festival.

“The theme of the Thari ya Sechaba Jazz festival, is jazz fashion attire or 80s wear. This shows how classy and elegant the festival is, looking at the fact that all the jazz queens are classy and vibrant indivuals, the likes of Punah Gabasiane, Nnunu Ramogotsi and Seile whenever the come up on stage they bring nothing but the classy taste of fashion,” he said.

For her part, the Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) Executive Member Gloria Dzwikiti urged women on jazz to trust in their craft, saying “Believe in the talent and strength that God has given us as women. Let’s protect our craft as women.” Nnunu Ramogotsi wrapped up the proceedings saying, “When we were presented with this idea by BTK Productions, we were so honored to be able to play alongside with other phenomenal women in jazz, because we believe in empowering other women in the music industry.”

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