Maitisong Goes to the Streets

| May 26, 2015

Music lovers were treated to a free show that lined up local artists at one of the Maitisong Outdoor shows at Old Naledi.

In an interview on the sidelines of the Saturday (May 23) show that featured live performances by Botswana artists, Puna Moremi of Maitisong said the first show was supposed to be at the bus rank on Friday May 22, but they could not secure the venue on time.

“What we have always specified is that the shows are free,” she said adding the show was in its 19th year, having started at Old Naledi in 1996.

She noted that last year, they decided to line up only local artists, adding “it is not that we do not want artists from outside. The fact of the matter is that we are restrained by our budget.” She explained that currently, they were only sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture and were still appealing to potential sponsors to come on board.

Moremi said the objective of the show was to give locals in communities such as Bontleng and Old Naledi a chance to see their local artists on stage for free during the day “Young and old who are not able to attend shows at night due to various reasons are the reason this show started,” she said.

Also, she said, they intended to give upcoming and unrecorded artists a chance to interact with big stars and also perform to large audiences. The line-up that included music stars such as Franco, Jeff Matheatau, Slizer, MMP Family, Mapetla, Zulas and over 30 other artists, was indeed a mixture of old, new and present.

On the criteria they used to select artists, Moremi said registration was open to all local artists to show interest to perform at the show.”Reports that we selected our favourites are not true. Artists came to us and registered to perform,” she said adding every Botswana artists was welcome to add their name for next year if they missed out this year.

She also indicated that the outdoor festival acted as a fringe to the main festival that just ended recently. “Some of the big names that have performed at previous shows included Budaza from Lesotho, Solly Moholo of South Africa and Umkhati from Zimbabwe.

Some artists at the show indicated that the Maitisong outdoor festivals were important as they gave them opportunity to interact with their fans and perform for them for free. “Not everyone has money to come to our shows and we appreciate the Department of Arts and Culture along with Maitisong for this gesture to music fans,” said Flexy Ville, one of the many acts at the show.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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