Dikhwaere Part of Culture

| May 19, 2015

Dikhwaere is music that forms part of culture of Batswana and it plays crucial roles in their lives.

The word ‘dikhwaere’ is loanword adopted into Setswana language and it is derived from English word ‘choirs.’

Dikhwaere events are mostly popular form of entertainment during the festive season in Botswana and it usually had no returns. However, dikhwaere are not only restricted to the festive reasons, they can perform anytime as the time permits.

Interestingly, since the introduction of President Arts Competition, many Batswana have been awake to the fact that dikhwaere can also put bread of the table. Gone are the days when dikhwaere music was treated as a mere form of entertainment without any reward.

Enthusiasts of dikhwaere were last weekend spoiled for choice as various dikhwaere locked horns in the elimination stage of President Day Competition at Lehututu kgotla.

Unlike other category such as traditional instruments and songs which are not affected by the theme, dikhwaere must compose their competition songs within the confines of the given theme.

Usually, the theme of dikhwaere music reflects the alertness of the people to the conditions and situations that prevail at any point in time within the community, in the nation and even the wider world.

Such theme also point to a level of consciousness with regard to socio-economic and political issues by composers.

Expressive choreography is a significant feature of this genre so that the accompanying movement is indicative of the mood of the song. It may be lively and energetic to show excitement or gently swaying expressing solemnity.

The line up included the 2013 President Day Art Competition winner, Mahusane Choir of Kang, its main rival Young Dangerous Choir (YDC) also from Kang, Boiteko Choir from Lehututu, Maleka and Naledi both from Hunhukwe and Barati Choir from Tshane.

Mahusane Choir emerged the winner and proved to the doubting Thomases that the experience they gained from overcoming all dikhwaere at the 2013 President Day finals was something to bank on.

The content of their competition song touched on how artistic ability is able to great job opportunities and reduce much dependency on the government.

During their performance, one could pick that much work has been done during rehearsal time which is usually done in evenings.

The dancing was uniform and at equilibrium with the tone of the song, something which left listeners asking for more.

Their performance also showed high level of confidence, preparedness, determination and artistic prowess.

Another Kang based choir scooped the second position with a breath taking performance which featured among other things excellent choreography.

Maleka choir find itself thrilling behind YDC while another Hunhukwe choir, Naledi scooped position four.

Both Boiteko and Barati choir had unsuccessful day as they settled for position five and six respectively, something that denied them the opportunity to compete at the next level scheduled on June 6 at Kang.

However, an official from Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Kago Moshengwa said the President Day Arts Competition is meant to preserve culture which is dying a natural death.

He also noted that President Day Art Competition enhances unity and friendship between communities.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: General

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