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This weekend is for culture buffs in Francistown. The second edition of the Zhizha festival gets underway tomorrow (Saturday) at Kuminda Farm at Marobela village some 60km northwest of Francistown.

Lucy Hinchliffe, the organizer of the Zhizha festival said the event will be celebrating Ikalanga food, music, poetry and traditional games.

Legendary Kalanga icon Ndingo Johwa will serenade the event with his Ikajazz music. Zhizha – a Kalanga word for harvest – is celebrating the Kalanga culture. According to Hinchliffe, there will be also a session on Kalanga culture and values. Traditional-dance

For the benefit of those who do not understand Kalanga, Hinchliffe said there will be translation in English. The event starts at 10am and ends around 5pm. P250 gets you in.

Meanwhile, Dumela Lodge – situated at the serene outskirts of Francistown – will host a culture night tomorrow (Saturday).

Dominic Mothukuthedi, Dumela Lodge Director said the event is a unique one.

Mothukuthedi said the event will be held under the bright shining moon and stars of the winter season while those in attendance will be kept warm at a bonfire.

It is also a cultural night where a number of traditional groups are expected to perform. Tjilenje tje Ngwao and others from as far afield as Ghanzi will be there.


Barclays Bank Botswana staff members in Francistown have joined forces with the celebrated disc jockey in the country’s second largest city, DJ Cue (Musa Puso)to stage a charity bash.

Dubbed Back to School Charity Bash and scheduled to take place at the Francistown Rugby Club, all the proceeds from the show will be donated to a beneficiary that the bank staff will identify in the near future.

DJ Cue of Cue Beats Productions said the event is held under the spirit of giving back to the community that has been supporting the bank and his dejaying career for such a long time.

He said the event starts at 4pm sharp tomorrow (Saturday) and DJ Cue will be with his usual suspects,DJ Cheng (Arnold Chengeta) and DJ Dez-B (Botlhe Didimalang).

An official from the financial institution said the proceeds will be kept safely while the bank  identifies a beneficiary.

She said the idea which has become an annual event  is aimed at reaching out to the community and to change lives.

She added that the project that is building a house for a disadvantaged member of the public will start at the end of July.

Damage is only P30. So come and enjoy at the same time making a difference in one’s life.


Renowned rhumba and kwasa-kwasa guru Frank Lesokwane popularly known as Franco will tomorrow (Saturday) invade Francistown where he is expected to launch his latest offering Ke lorile sengwe.

The Gabane-born music maestro has of recent overhauled his group which is now mainly composed of locals.

“We have grown as a group and currently working with mainly locals,” said Franco, when contacted to confirm the gig that is expected to be held at BOCCIM Hall in Francistown.

Franco has been in the music industry for a very long time.

However, in the past few years, Franco has been on the down low but he says that this is the time for him to reclaim the reputation that he enjoyed for many years before.

Franco will not be alone on the stage.

MC Maswe (Thapelo Maleka) and Dinkwe Nkgoga traditional troupe will play the supporting act role.





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