As it celebrates 120 years of existence the city of Francistown has lined up many commemorative events, including the Francistown Jazz Festival set for September 9, 2017. The festival organisers have unveiled a mouth-watering line-up with jazz maestros Ringo Madlingozi, Selaelo Selota, Lister Boleseng, Shanti Lo, and Moroka Moreri headlining the event. Others are – Bana Ba Ntogwa, Sereetsi and The Natives, Amantle Brown, Mshilo DJ Papi and DJ Milton. Legendary promoter Soares Katumbela, who will receive a presidential honour this year for promoting the arts, said their aim is to see the festival grow each year and even attract jazz enthusiasts from outside the country, citing an example of the Cape Town Jazz Festival. He said the festival will grow to the level of GIMC Festival and Mascom Live Sessions. “The festival will captivate a mature audience and musicians alike in becoming a highly anticipated happening within the northern region and this high profile festival will be a landmark cultural; exchange,” he said. Katumbela said the festival will be a day long event at the old Francistown stadium. He said preparations are going well at and urged Francistown companies to get involved. Part of the proceeds from the festival will go into the Mayor’s Charity Fund, and as such Katumbela appealed to companies to purchase tickets for their staff or clients. There will also be a music workshop for local artists that will be facilitated by ‘It has to be Jazz Playground’ as a social responsibility act. Some of the sponsors are Francistown City Council, Adansonia Hotel, Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Sefalana, Zambezi Motors and Watermark Group.