Face to Face With Marang Molosiwa [interview]

| April 27, 2015

She first graced the television screens as a cute talent-oozing child, making her first debut as a presenter in the popular children’s programme, Mantlwaneng alongside three others being Martin, Tigele and OBK.

Little did the viewers know that a star was in the making as Marang Molosiwa never lost the spark, but instead sustained the light, fed the performing arts desire, enhanced her skills and is now ready to conquer the world.

BOPA reporter, Amolemo Nkwe had a chit-chat with Marang only to find that the seedling has now started to flower, its first harvest comes through the 2015 Matisong Festival.

Tell us who Marang Molosiwa is?

I am a 23-year-old trained performance artiste who hails from Serowealapye, but raised in Gaborone. I obtained a BA Drama from the University of Pretoria in 2013. My career in performance and entertainment spans as far back as 2002. I have a background in television presenting, emceeing, radio drama, applied theatre and acting.

Interesting! So dynamites come in small packages? Anyway, what has Marang Molosiwa been up to and tell us about your recent endeavours?

Thank you darling. Upon finishing my degree, I signed with an agent in Johannesburg South Africa, whom I am still with, but realised the importance of working at home, Botswana, as well.

The entertainment industry in South Africa is very lucrative, but saturated, every other person is an artiste of some sort. On the other hand, the industry in Botswana is slowly coming up. So on both ends jobs are few and far between.

I saw the need to have the ability to create work, understand the business of your craft, make it happen for yourself and do not wait for someone else to get you a job. What I took most from my studies and also doing applied theatre, were my improved skills in communication, planning, organisation, and problem-solving.

That being said, with these skills, I have ventured now into directing theatre productions and doing performance consultation.

Ok dear. Besides that, congratulations are in order as we heard that you graced the Maitisong festival on Saturday (April 25). So please tell us more about this and what exactly your role was?

I co-directed a production titled Ketswakae with a fellow theatre practitioner, Mamohato Askew for Maitisong Festival 2015.

Not only did I direct and perform in my own show in the festival, but I also performed in a production by The Company@Maitisong, Born Around Here.

Both shows are relevant to everyday Botswana. Both productions showed on Saturday at Mantlwaneng Theatre – Westwood International School.

Ok that is interesting, please tell us in detail about your new found career, your highlights and previous acts that you have been involved in, both locally and internationally.

I started as a children’s show presenter on Botswana Television’s Mantlwaneng. During my time there, I expanded into MC work hosting My African Dream talent search as well as radio drama with a role in the local drama, Makgabaneng.

Upon finishing high school I interned at a few establishments, mainly Lapologa Magazine, where I did administrative work and writing.

In 2009 I took on the lead role in an HIV themed short film that formed part of the Soul CityBP 10-part series, One Love Stories.

While at the university I took a particular interest in Applied Theatre, because of my love for working with people and addressing social issues.

I had the opportunity to perform for an array of audiences, ranging from schools, clinics, libraries, old-age homes, schools for the deaf and blind, during my studies, through programmes such as Theatre for Development and Theatre in Education.

I was also involved in a few theatre productions as well.

Please, also tell us about the inspiration behind performing arts and when you decided to pursue it?

Clicheacute as this may sound, I have never imagined myself doing anything else. I fell in love with performance as a child watching KTV every day, imitating what I saw.

You would never find me playing in the street with other children, in fact I was quite content with being at home with my dolls and my imaginary friend, Hahahaha!

I would always tell my parents that the day we have our own television station in Botswana I will be a presenter and an actress and the universe worked in my favour.

In 2010, after shooting the short film, Second Chances, I knew I wanted to go for training and use performing arts to aocate for social change.

That is when I departed for South Africa.

How do you see the recognition of performing arts in Botswana as compared to 10 years ago, and what can be done?

Performing arts in Botswana are slowly coming up.

There has been growth, but we still have a long way to go.

We now have performing arts at the University of Botswana as a course, which is quite commendable.

However we still do not recognise the importance of understanding the business of the arts in Botswana and commercialising it.

I do not think enough is being done to train performers in Botswana. As some students are given support by the government to study certain courses abroad, the same should be done for potential performing artistes.

The only way we can compete on an international level is by employing what is done out there, in Botswana.

It is the lack of understanding of the performing arts, here, that makes people not to know the impact that it has on society.

When will be your next performance internationally or locally and what should we be looking forward to?

Well, I have been working on my productions for the Maitisong festival.

Beyond that, I’m inspired to create more work, locally and internationally, as well as to explore other realms of the arts, maybe TV production.

We wish you nothing but the best and we hope you will continue to fly the Botswana flag high.

Source : Botswana Daily News

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