Now this book is a must read for everyone with interest in music.
It is specially a good manual for first time learners.
The book written by Tomeletso Sereetsi unmasks the mysteries of the legendary solo four string guitar of Botswana made famous by the likes of Nona Poifo, Sam Raditsebe and Stampore.
Inclusive of an audio CD, the 84 pages book titled “The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana ventures into unexplored territory.
The first part of the groundbreaking The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana book carries an investigation into the development of the Tswana guitar style and offers brief musical biographies of the style’s most seminal guitarists.
In the second and most prominent part, the author ably breaks down the style showing the tuning, how the guitar is physically manipulated, the chords, and examples of musical passages common in this guitar style.
The CD enables those who can’t read music to hear how the chords, tuning, and musical passages sounds like.
The whole idea is to show the world that Batswana also have their own guitar style – a gift to the world, and preserve the style for posterity.
It also presents an opportunity for Botswana to brand herself through this home-grown art as a culturally vibrant and innovative place. With the book anyone can now learn how to play like Stampore, Solly Sebotso and many other folk guitarists.
KEAROMA; A CUT ABOVE THE REST
I love Mascom Live session shows for the simple reason that they offer local artists an opportunity to gauge themselves against some of the best in the world.
The likes of Shanti Lo, Nnunu, Punah and Samantha have shared the stage with among others Oliver Mtukudzi, Salif Keita, Ringo and Zahara.
Quite too often I have watched the crowd sit quietly during a local’s performance only to find their voice as soon as the main act steps onto the stage.
This was perhaps her biggest high profile show and she went all out to impress, and she did.
Gifted with a Mariam Makeba voice the “Let the music play” hitmaker put on a sterling performance at Botswanacraft.
In an industry where opportunities are few and far between one needs to up their game when they are up against big international stars.
It takes more than just a good looking dress and a good voice to impress an audience, one actually has to perform.
Kearoma’s set was well rehearsed and I heard people asking: “who is she? Ke ngwana wag a mang?” to which I replied go buy the album.
Now to all the self proclaimed Queens of jazz, sit down, the crown is still up for grabs and Rantao has one hand on it.
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church has been invited to the fifth Sacra Musica a Roma show in Rome-Italy from 2-7 July; the first choir from Southern Africa to be invited.
In the spirit of world peace the international, Catholic Church Choirs from all over the world are invited to go to the eternal city in peace and friendship.
In the tried-and-true tradition of competition, performances and representative evening concerts in the magnificent churches of Rome, together with official events the festival is organised in order to further the comparison between choirs as well as making music together and spiritual encounters.
In preparation for this historic invitation the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Choir on Saturday 20th April will stage a show at Christ the King Cathedral (Gaborone), in front of the Grotto.
The show is scheduled to start at 18h00.
The purpose of the show is to showcase the Choir and especially the music they will be performing at 5th Sacra Musica a Roma.
If you have not heard a lot about Centy Mduduzi it is for the simple reason instead of competing in the small local market, she decided to take her trade to Namibia, where Botswana music is in demand.
Her six track album titled “Ke fihlile” is not really a smasher but can liven up the dance floor any time.
The dance tunes, a bit of kwaito kwasa and afro pop makes it a well balanced product for the party lovers.
She tells Big Weekend that shows in Namibia are more rewarding than here because “they pay handsomely”.
Produced by Bullet Ketshabile at Bullet Music Production some of the songs include Malatsing a, I’m aproud woman, Ga keye gae, Motlalepula and Svokevoke.
It gets 6 out of 10.