… As she celebrates 26 years in music
A highly underrated sensational singer, composer and business lady, Brenda Taukobong is planning a celebration of a lifetime for her 26 years anniversary in the music industry. Brenda is over the moon about her upcoming bash as she says “celebrations are done when a child is born, at graduations, weddings and birthdays, and such celebrations are usually done with friends and relatives.”
Brenda, as she is affectionately called in the music circles, will on August 29 host her celebrations at the Pavilion Restaurant Terrace.
A number of artists will perform at this event, including Bro John Selolwane, Friends of Friends Jazz Band, JJ, George Swabi from Botswana and Linda Mpale of Umvuso Band (S.A). To put cherry on top Brenda’s new CD will be released on the same day and she is to sample some tunes from the CD.
Kgalagadi Jazz Beats, a jazz promotional outfit will be coordinating the event and its founder and director Shima Monageng said they are delighted and honoured to have been requested to coordinate this event aimed at celebrating Brenda’s well lived musical life. Uncle Shima said he has known Brenda for years as a musician and as a friend. “Brenda is a strikingly positive and loving person who sings in Setswana, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swahili and Nyanja. Her music can be described and defined as a fusion of Afro-soul and soul-jazz notes. I have over the years watched her perform live and she is magical and a marvel on stage.”
Brenda’s music career took off and blossomed in 1989 when she won the Star Makers Talent at the Cameo Night Club. This prize catapulted her into a household name in the music fraternity of Gaborone as she won herself a six months contract with Gaborone Sun Hotel playing in their classy and exclusive Giovanis Restaurant and the poolside deck on Sundays with support of the Coppertone Band from Cape Town South Africa. In 1990, she collaborated with the Broadways Band from Zambia at the Cameo Night Club for four months. She then quickly moved to play at the prestigious Sheraton Hotel at the Grand Palm. In 1992, she was invited to South Africa and played alongside Linda Mpale and his Band at the Blue Fountain Jazz Club and several high end establishments in Johannesburg South Africa.
Armed with this experience from South Africa, she came back to Botswana and announced her supremacy as an accomplished jazz musician of note. She partnered with the Clear Vision band touring all over Botswana to signal and show-case her vocal prowess. This landed her lucrative contract with the Cresta President Hotel in 1994 as their resident entertainer.
Due to her overwhelming appeal, in 1995 Brenda joined forces with the popular Unity Band where she displayed her musical ingenuity performing for corporate and private functions including weddings. In keeping with this exceptional vocal delivery, she was invited to be part of the Motseleng Black Label Tour sponsored by Lovers Plus which toured all four corners of Botswana and was a huge runaway success.
With her reputation as the “most sought after leading lady in music” in Botswana, she was contracted by the Riley Hotel in Maun and the Mowana Lodge in Kasane as a resident entertainer. In 2002, she was offered an exciting role of Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Maun Lodge in addition to an entertaining contract with the Lodge.
By 2004, Brenda had crafted a profile and reputation that equaled many regional and international notable Jazz and Afro Jazz musician like Judith Sephuma, and Gloria Bosman among others. In recognition of her versatility, professional etiquette and mass appeal among jazz lovers in the country she was invited to play alongside the veteran jazz maestro Jimmy Dludlu at Stanbic Jazz Festival in 2004 making her household jazz singer of note in the country.
With this critical fame, her passion for jazz and her lyrical abilities, the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) and Barloworld invited her as their main act for the sixth Annual sports Awards in 2005.
In 2010, she started recording her first ever CD simple titled Kajalo, which she finished in 2013. The album is a 21-track double CD that can make anyone feel as if they are listening to some angelic harmonies and symphony with tracks like: Break of Dawn, Happy, Selfish and Kajalo.
On stage Brenda sounds and looks stunning, she wears strikingly beautiful outfits that benefit the legendary jazz musician she is. She has shared the stage with the “big leagues” such as Sipho Gumede, Vicky Simpson, Abiagail Khubeka, Moses Molelekwa, Paul Lunga, Gloria Bosman, Soonti Mndebele, Cool Crooners, Dennis Mpale, Linda Mpale and Jimmy Dludlu. She has mentored Shanti-Lo, Punah to mention a few.
Brenda is currently on contract with the Cresta Lodge every Friday and she is Sales and Marketing consultant for entertainment with Kgalagadi Jazz Beats at the Pavilion Restaurant & Terrace. On Thursdays of every month end she hosts Jazz Centric Poetry Nights where she has created a platform for poets, storytellers and music artist of every genre to showcase their craft. On Sundays she hosts mainstream and contemporary jazz nights with Trans-Kalahari Quintet at the Pavilion Restaurant & Terrace. Her music is so acoustic, typical yet highly appealing and original as it is for everybody.