Last week revellers in Gaborone were treated to an array of entertainment events starting from Tuesday until Saturday where the Gaborone International Music and Culture (GIMC) week was sealed off with a music festival. Despite any other thing, all the events of the week seemed to be well planned in regard to the sitting arrangement, the stage and the sound that was all perfect. One of the most enjoyable events was a comedy show on Friday where the international act was the popular Nigerian comedian Basketmouth. Nigerians came in numbers to watch their countryman Basketmouth who did not disappoint as he managed to keep the audience laughing. Local acts Mawee and Dignash killed the show. The local acts proved that Botswana has talent, but only call international acts to add flavour. The Gabane-born comedian Mawee had the audience in stiches with his hilarious stunts and he got a standing ovation for the work well done, drawn from his massive creativity and talent.
The Saturday music festival was another session where local performers stole the limelight. South Africa’s highly popular Mafikizolo and rapper Khuli Chana got sombre reception while the beat got higher for locals DJ O’ Neal, MMP and Scar among others.
One of the revellers Tshepo Mavuta said it was very evident that locals have grown in creative arts. “We no longer give much attention to the international acts like we used to because now quality can come from home,” she said. Mavuta conceded that it sometimes hurts to know who much the local artists get as compared to the international acts, something that she said needs to stop because many have really proven themselves in the local industry. Leapfrog owner Thapelo Pabalinga, who organised the festival, expressed excitement on how everything went down. “The weather is the only thing that distracted us but in overall it was great since people really enjoyed themselves,” he said.