The 2015 Gaborone International Jazz Festival (GIJF), which takes place at Serokolwane Lawns in April boasts of a mouth watering line-up that can make jazz music lovers not to afford to miss it. The festival, themed ‘#jazzonthelawn’ is headlined by South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo-the acapella singing group that sings in the vocal styles isicathamiya and mbube. Ladysmith Black Mambazo rose to worldwide prominence when singing with Paul Simon on his Graceland album and have won multiple awards including five Grammy awards. The group was formed in the 1960s by Joseph Shabalala. The event will take place on the fourth of April 2015.
Publicist for the festival Lesedi Rakhudu said they conceived the idea not to only add to the enrichment of Botswana’s entertainment industry but also to speak to the country’s economic diversification initiatives within the arts and culture sphere. She said it is their belief that the jazz festival will highlight Botswana as one of the Africa’s entertainment destinations, and also adding to the country’s tourism strategy. “This immediately presents Gaborone with an opportunity to showcase its ability to host cosmopolitan events and upgrade its status as a tourist destination of choice,” Rakhudu said. She said the show can add value to the service market, hospitality industry and the arts and communities in general. She said that with this year’s show they aim to attract about 10 000 music lovers to the outdoor venue that is all grassed.
The line-up also includes the crème de la crème of the local jazz. Shanti Lo whose continued travels abroad on cultural music exchanges is evident he will lead the local performers, alongside Punah Gabasiane. Nnunu Ramogotsi of Women of Jazz will also be there. Other acts include Mpho Sebina, HHP and his choir group Edemol which was previously featured on the Mnet’s clash of the choirs, and self-taught guitarist Jimmy Dludlu. Music lovers will also be treated to the tunes of Atjazz, also known as Martin Iveson- the British composer. South African based Zimbabwean award winning guitarist and producer Louis Mhlanga will also entertain the crowd with his mix of American and Zimbabwean influences into his music. He has collaborated with renowned South African artists like Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sipho Mabuse among others.