On the 5th and 6th of August 2016, residents living in and around Gaborone Bus Rank, Bontleng, and Old Naledi were treated to a showcase of some of Botswana’s finest talent. Featuring a wide array of genres, including Hip Hop, House Kwasa, Kwaito, Traditional and Afro-Pop, Old Naledi Fiesta thrilled audiences!
More than 100 acts shared the famous stage in commemoration of Botswana’s golden jubilee under the theme: Celebrating 50 Years of Artistic Excellence in Botswana. Amongst them were industry maestros such as Franco, Vee and Astley Gops, who had audiences chanting his popular song ‘Sebakanyana’. Local group Mafitlhakgosi proved their versatility, switching seamlessly from Kwasa Kwasa to Mpaxanga to traditional dance.
Not to be outdone, upcoming artists held their own next to their established counterparts. One such performer was Motswako rapper K More, whose song ‘Tautona’ praises President Ian Khama for his part in developing various poverty eradication programmes. Afro-Pop singer Jimmy Mabijo had the audience in stitches, while Tau Tshetlha ensured that the older generation was catered to with praise poetry.
Since 1996, the Fiesta has been thriving as a fringe element of the Maitisong Festival, which showcases the diversity of talent in Botswana. With two decades of corporate social investment thus far, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, the BOT50 celebrations and Printing and Publishing Company Botswana, the Fiesta has achieved its aim of reaching out with the arts to local communities in Gaborone!