Celebrating women through Jazz

SHARE   |   Monday, 09 March 2015   |   By Staff Writer
Nono and Berryheart Nono and Berryheart

Jazz enthusiasts will be treated to an afternoon of soothing sounds of jazz at the upmarket Pavillion Resturant at Fairgrounds today (Sunday) to celebrate International Women's Day, hosted by Kgalagadi Jazz Beats and Zen Promotions. Director/owner of Kgalagadi Jazz Beats, Shima Monageng was all smiles midweek excited about the launch of the collaboration partnership with Fairgrounds Holdings, which has given birth to Pavillion hosting strictly jazz music lovers.  He said they came with the concept themed "make it happen" to celebrate and appreciate the role of a woman in our society as part of the global community, celebrate pop culture, Poetry and Fashion, recognize the inspirational hardworking women of Botswana and to acknowledge the work done by rural women on their contribution on food security and rural developments. "We have invited Nono Siile to headline the jazz performances as she recently released an album and because her music addresses women issues," he said. Siile, winner of two awards at the last BOMU awards,  recently released an album titled Rantjekgwane.
Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.  The focus of the celebrations is to show appreciation and love towards women and to celebrate women's economic, political and social achievements. This year Kgalagadi Jazz Beats and Zen Promotion plan to host a social gathering to mark the day with various activities ranging from entertainment to motivational speaking.  Therefore both men and women are more encouraged to grace this event.
The celebrations will also be used to emphasize how  gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. “We will stress the vital role of women as agents of development, especially rural women, who play a critical role in both developed and developing nations. They enhance agricultural and rural development, improve food security and can help reduce poverty levels in their communities,” said one of the organisers  Zenzele Hirschfeld.
The event will be done on the afternoon of the 8th March Sunday. It will be an entertainment and innovative event held to celebrate Women and Pop culture i.e. Jazz Music, Poetry and Fashion show. Pavillion resident jazz band Trans Kalahari Quintet will support songstress Siile alongside controversial poet Berry Heart among other artists. The female poets and artists will together provide entertainment on the day celebrating women power.  In addition, there will be Jazz performances by female jazz DJs and motivational talks to support women, and a fashion show to showcase various designs by local women.



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