The decision to have foreign singers headline a cultural and tourism event has not gone down well with local producers and musicians. English songwriter and singer Seal and South African songstress Lira are to perform in a local show on March 10 at the University of Botswana arena. Zenzele Hirschfield of Zen Promotions has raised her concerns about this, saying it should have been reserved for local artists. She said money that is being spent on international acts should have been divided among local artists. “It still amazes me that foreign artists are chosen to come and perform at such events that are supposed to represent and showcase Botswana when Batswana artists have proven and continue to prove that they deserve all the chance. For this to be done by Botswana Tourism Organisation is quite depressing,” she said.
The show is expected to ignite and recharge Batswana who love soulful artists in the likes of Seal and Lira. Hamptons Promoter Debbie Smith also shared her fears because the show is only taking place just two weeks before their show which they planned for about two years out of their own pockets. BTO spokesman Samuel Lephalo said the show was not brought about to disrespect the local acts, saying they have included ATI, Mophato Ensemble, Dr Vom, Samantha Mogwe and Shanti Lo.