Oreeng with Shanti Lo and Keroma Rantao

In its continued support of the arts, Metropolitan Botswana this week announced its latest Corporate Social Investment effort.

The project, dubbed Generations in Harmony, will feature a medley of local artists across genres and generations.

The project is expected to focus on Botswana’s music legends and upcoming fresh talent from different genres.

The initiative, according to the organizers, will allow trade advice to be exchanged, skills to be sharpened and talent to be cultivated. Generations in Harmony has been slated for Botswana Craft on the 23rd November 2012 and at Thapama Lodge in Francistown, on 1st December 2012.

When briefi ng the media last week, Metropolitan Botswana Marketing and Communications Executive, One Oreeng, testifi ed to the company’s commitment to growing and supporting Botswana’s musical industry.

The annual CSI eff ort, of which this is the 4th installment, brought the Metropolitan Gospel Spectacular which saw, Soweto Gospel Choir, Tshepo Tsholo, Winnie Mashaba performing alongside local acts.

The latest segment was with ‘The Metrophones, a wholly local band ensemble put together to showcase home grown talent.

“Metropolitan Botswana has a long history of working to develop the cultural space in Botswana.

Our CSI policy is one we adhere to with great dedication, and it is more than simplya necessary corporate initiative: this is a project we’re incredibly passionate about, and this year in particular is really very ex-citing,” noted Oreeng.

Lead artists to headline both performances include fi ve time Channel O Music awards nominee, Zeus, Lady of Jazz songstress, Kearoma Rantao, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz sensation, Shanti Lo, and music legend Banjo Mosele.

They are expected to be supported by My Star 2012 winner, Sharon, Lee Tshipana, The Incrowds, DJ Kenzo, Lizzie, Lizibo, and The Veterans band.

The musical spectacular has enlisted Joel Ntsoro as guest MC. Speaking at the press conference, the artists conveyed a lively and boisterous attitude about being a part of the event.

Talking freely with media, Zeus, Shanti Lo, Kearoma and Banjo noted their own personal gratitude for Metropolitan’s support for them as artists as well as for the industry as a whole.

“We’ve been in Botswana for 15 years now and in that time Batswana have shown so much support for us as a business. In return, we constantly strive to find ways to invest back into this beautiful country, and our CSI efforts are a great part of that.

Generations in Harmony is just one more way of Metropolitan investing in the future of Batswana and of Botswana’s arts and culture landscape,” concluded Metropolitan Botswana Managing Director, Oupa Mothibatsela.

The musical ensemble have already begun a rigorous rehearsal schedule, with sneak peeks being revealed through the show’s Facebook (GenerationsInHarmony) and Twitter pages (@gensinharmony).

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