Bahurutshe Cultural Village was the place to be this past weekend as Son of the Soil, bana ba mmala held its annual cultural festival under the theme, “Our dance, our story”. Traditional songs, dance, beer and food were the order of the day as Botswana culture lovers gathered to interact and share knowledge about their diverse culture.
Son of the soil, bana ba mmala started about six years ago by a group of young Batswana who were concerned about the decay of the Setswana culture which is slowly being taken over by the Western culture.
Revellers honoured the dress code, dressed in beautiful traditional attire of mateisi and some in leather garments.
“My excitement about this year’s event stems from the fact that it marks our first collaborative celebration. It has been very fulfilling to work with people that share the same passion about our ways as people,” the Chairman of Bana ba mmala, Keatlaretse Mwendapole said.
He said Folklore Association helped them put together this year’s theme in a show whose main aim is to entertain and inform. Mwendapole also said he hopes those who attended learnt a lot and would pass the message to the rest of Batswana.
Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mokgweetsi Masisi said it is encouraging that “Son of the Soil” is organised by young people who are concerned about the cultural fate of their nation.
“It must be appreciated that our young people moving forward in this globalised world, have also remained true to our “Setswana” culminating in social and business interactions that are grounded in Setswana culture,” Masisi added.
Sojwe born Ntswane Ramontsho serenaded the revellers with his “segaba”. He said he has been playing the “segaba” for ten years after someone inspired him in his village.
On the other hand Solly Sebotso, clinged to his guitar hitting melodious notes to show off his aged experience. Sebotso said he got his inspiration from one Pharaphara and has never stopped playing. He said he works as a solo artist and does all types of gigs.
“I get invitations from lovers of folklore music and I have been playing in various places including in Pretoria, South Africa. I compose my own songs and write lyrics looking at different situations around me,” Sebotso said.
Games like koi, dibeke and morabaraba were the main entertainment. To end the day, revellers sat around fire and shared traditional folktales and riddles eating menoto (chicken feet), cow heads and watermelons.