Organisers of the Gaborone International Music and Culture week – Leapfrog – say they are almost 100% ready for the event. The GIMC has become one of the country’s premier entertainment events, with festival running all week across the city. The shows include jazz, poetry, choral, comedy, and the music festival. Leapfrog CEO Thapelo Pabalinga said all prepared artists have been booked and secured. “This year we are obviously looking at making it better than last year because of the importance of this year due to the country turning 50. We have also added theatre as a fresh field due to its growing appreciation from the market,” he said.
Chosen plays are those that will honour Botswana’s icons past and present. The stories of former minister Dr Gaositwe Chiepe titled ‘A woman of many firsts’ by Moduduetso Lecoge and the Blue, Black and White about the late Sir Seretse Khama by Donald Molosi will also be shown. Performers will come from South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and United States of America and Botswana. The opening session will be a jazz festival on August 27 with huge artists like Jonathan Butler, Sereetsi and the Natives and Re Batswana ensemble. “This will certainly be a fitting start to an exciting week of music and arts,” he said. The show has really made great strides in the entertainment industry, now ranked among the top 10 festivals in Africa by the Association of Africa Festivals and Africa.com. “This is a huge endorsement and recognition for a festival that is only three years old,” he said.