Son of the Soil

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 14 March 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Son of the Soil

The Son of the Soil Cultural Festival has come and gone, leaving a beautiful memory with those who attended it. Batswana proved once again that they are thirsty for family events, coming in droves to celebrate being Africans. The organisers of the event were strict with the dress code and did not allow people who did not honour the dress code to enter. Bana Ba Mmala spokesperson Pontsho Pusoetsile proved that they are very serious about the event and the dress code and even refused to heed sponsors who wanted them to be lenient on the dress code. Prior to the main event, there was a workshop that was held successfully at the University of Botswana and after the main event Kgalagadi Jazz Beats hosted the Son of the soil Jazz After Party at the Pavilion restaurant where the Gabz FM’s Uncle Shima presenting live. There were many changes to the event and it proved to grow in stature. They reduced their ticket to P200 allowing people to buy food from individual caterers and this dramatically reduced the queues which were experienced last year. This was very efficient as all the caterers were put together in one place. There were five Kgotlas that the revellers found themselves in being Ga-Loapi, Ga-Tshweu, Ga-Tshwana, Ga Sebilo and Ntsweng which was for dignitaries who were not competing in any of the events. These different kgotlas took part in different games including bath safe and mhele. As always the climax was the choir competition between those from the North side of the country and those from the South side of the country. The South continued their dominance since they practice choirs more as compared to places north of Dibete. There was an array of local artists that performed incredibly well with Dr Vom having the crowd in the palm of his hand and made everyone dance until they dropped. During the day the legendary guitarist Solly Sebotso held it tight with his guitar skills and folk songs when all relaxed.



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