The action filled long week of the Gaborone International Music Week (GIMC) is now back and the organiser Thapelo Pabalinga says they are ready to deliver the long week event - August 27th to September 3, 2016. It has taken them nine months to put the event together. The festival will kick start with a jazz festival – headlined by Jonathan Butler – on August 27th at Molapo Piazza. Local acts will include Sereetsi and the Natives and Re Batswana Ensemble. Pabalinga says Butler will hold a free workshop for local musicians at the GICC.
Stanbic Bank’s Communications Manager Ruth Modisane says they support the festival because as Stanbic they have always loved supporting jazz as shown by their involvement in the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival in South Africa. “We are very excited about this event because we have seen it grow and as an African bank we thought it will be ideal to support it because it brings African and local artists together on stage,” she says, adding that they also wanted to be part of the Botswana golden jubilee, and there was no other way to do that than to partner with GIMC.
On the second day of the event it will be theatre which will show Donald Molosi and Tefo Paya performing in Blue, Black and White and Morwa Rising Son respectively. The plays are a new addition to the festival after Batswana showed love and appreciation for theatre. The third day of the festival will feature local poets like Juby Peacock, Morwa Motsamai, and Goitse Kgaswane while the international act will be Lebo Mashile from South Africa. The fourth day will parade choirs in Gaborone Philharmonic Voices, KTM Choir, Andante and St Conrads Catholic Choir. Comedy show will follow the next day with a strong international line-up joined by locals Jujuvine, Mawee and Phenyo the Master. A music festival featuring SA’s Black Coffee, Ricky Rick and Donald will close the show.