International Jazz Day

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 14 March 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
International Jazz Day

Botswana Society of Jazz Education (BOSJE) will on April 30th host the International Jazz Day celebrations at the No 1 Ladies Coffee House at Thapong. Akhutleleng Mogami – a seasoned music teacher and Principal of Kingdom Arts – said the society for jazz education was conceptualised two years ago after he met other jazz musicians to talk about jazz and its developments, and how they can educate people on the genre because as someone who has studied music she has realised that jazz is very misplaced in Botswana. “We thought we needed to launch the society and take it out to the people so that they know there is a society and learn more about jazz and anything about jazz because I really think we need jazz education,” she said. Mogami said their aim is to promote skills development and performance while at the same time promoting jazz education through shows and festivals. They intend to line-up weeklong activities in the run-up to April 30 in the form of workshops and master classes. “On the day we will also be launching the organisation and this will take place in the afternoon where we have invited people who can come and talk about the history of jazz on how it started because jazz is an African American music that was started by the slaves,” she said. According to Mogami, they are working with the USA Embassy in Botswana to bring someone who will share more about the history of jazz. They will also invite seasoned jazz stars from South Africans. She said that there will be artists that will also be performing, and have a big band of young people. “We just want to invite more young people to join the society so that they can learn, especially those who are not working but with the background of music because we would also want them to attend even jazz festivals around the world so that they can bring home the skills,” she said.