The Unleash Your Star Qualities programme that was launched six months ago is at advanced stage of producing its first graduates, who have been in a boot camp preparing to partake in independence celebrations. The programme is done in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development and Limkokwing University and headed by veteran musician Socca Moruakgomo. The programme was launched to empower youth who can use talent together with their acquired skills to have a sustainable livelihood.
Moruakgomo is confident that the production he has been working on with the team is near completion. He talks with happiness about the transformation he has witnessed from the group made up of out of school youth who were not working. Moruakgomo did not want to talk more about the play that they have been doing but from the sneak peak it showed that the play will be a very exceptional one that is quite catchy since it incorporates all disciplines of theatre. They have a large band that plays different instruments including the saxophone.
The artists’ singing showed that it is a production from people who have been staying together for six months and waking up each day to do that. They showed the song and dance about Botswana, poetry, ululations and it was clear that it was a celebration of all cultures in Botswana. Legendary Professional Stage Manager from South Africa Makalo Mofokeng, who is also in hit TV soapie Muvhango, shared his skills with them without making them uncomfortable. “He has been contributing so much in this and it is good to have him help me because we also worked together in Sarafina and in Magic at 4am,” Moruakgomo said.
Even though he did not want to say much about the play, he revealed that the complete musical on display will show all tribes in the country through clothes, song and dance and the play is a reflection of Botswana and many other African countries, centred on the lead actress Moratiwa. “It is a true story that happened and they are bringing the story to live. The setting is somewhere in Botswana,” he said. They will start performances of the musical in September as part of the BOT50 celebration.