Soweto Kinch jazzes it up for Masiela Trust Fund

May 21, 2011 | In Artists, Information, Music, News, Press

The Botswana Gazette

Soweto Kinch jazzes it up for Masiela Trust Fund

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL 2011 15:20

This weekend, at the Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel and Resort, a group of performers put on a show to raise funds for the Masiela Trust Fund. The initiative was organised by Cross Border Projects, who, in the spirit of exchange and charity, invited saxophonist and emcee, Soweto Kinch to perform with local artists.

The show was part of the Maitisong Festival, and was divided between inside and outside performance areas. Upon their arrival, guests were presented with a complimentary glass of champagne, (or juice), and ushered out onto the veranda.

Mophato Dance Theatre performed first, wowing the audience with a tightly choreographed sequence.Rap artist Khwezi performed with lyrical aptitude and the MaruaPula marimba band played a selection of original songs composed by Mr Mlhanga.

Just as the MAP band finished their set, the sky opened up, and it began to pour rain. Dinner was served by way of a buffet, and a little later, guests were ushered into the conference centre to watch the main event.

Tj Dema recited a poem about the trials and experiences of Africa and her different peoples. Her second piece was a collaboration with Tracy Bortsie, who accompanied her on the saxophone.

Shanti Lo performed next. He had his usual command of the stage; he was enigmatic and performed songs from his newest offering, Lerato. When the pull of the music was too much to resist, the audience stood and danced. Local emcee K-Bos was on stage next, and his breath control was formidable as he progressed through his set, which incorporated performances from traditional and contemporary dancers.

After a short intermission, Soweto Kinch and his band set up for their session. “What’s up, Botswana, what a pleasure it is to be here,” he said, before launching into a soulful solo on his as yet unnamed saxophone. His performance consisted mainly of songs from his most recent studio album, The New Emancipation. His band complemented him well, he held down a mean solo that had the crowd whooping with delight. He ended his set with a freestyle, asking the audience to come up with words beginning with the letters in the name ‘Masiela’.

Thola Magang of Phakalane Golf Estate said, “Projects such as these are great on so many levels; not only do you have great entertainment, in terms of artists who have been brought over to support a cause, but because of the social responsibility aspect of it. The slogan of Phakalane is ‘Live, Work, Play’ therefore on so many levels, the synergy was there. And  it made sense for us to want to be part of something like this.”

Other sponsors and partnerships included Woolworths, 8ties baby Photography, MTV Africa and Podtape.


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