There is no doubt that this past Sunday will go down as one of the biggest highlights of Sereetsi and The Natives in 2015.
The band took all those who thronged Mahika-Makeng Cultural Festival by surprise. The Natives was part of the lineup for a Jazz show held at Letlaamoreng Dam, courtesy of the North-West Province.
Sereetsi and The Natives shared the stage with Jazz heavy weights such as Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi, Lesotho’s Budazha and Tshepo Tshola, South Africa’s Letta Mbulu who has been active since the 1960s and Caiphus Semenya of hit song Matswale.
However this did not intimidate the Botswana muso but rather motivated and challenged him to give out his best performance ever for the multitudes that came to enjoy Jazz. Tomeletso Sereetsi who is the leader of the band told The Voice that performing for such a big crowd is what they enjoy doing and live for as artists.
“Look at this amazing crowd, it automatically motivates and I must admit that this is the biggest stage of my career! I’m glad people enjoyed my music, they may not have heard the lyrics but as you know music is a universal language and they danced through out. As artist we need more of these shows and I wish we had similar shows in Botswana organized by the government to empower artists,” said Sereetsi.
The man who gave up his journalism career for music however noted that efforts were being done in Botswana to take arts to another level, adding that it may be slow but eventually it will get there.
Speaking to the Voice during the three day series of events which included Afro Soul, Traditional, Exhibitions, Motswako, and Jazz, North-West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo said the Mahika-Mahikeng paved the way for greater things to come within the Province and Botswana.
“With this festival we want to promote cultural and heritage tourism as well as to celebrate the artists from the region with the rest of the nation. We want to position Mahikeng as the capital city of North-West Province and bring back our artist who have since relocated to other Provinces for greener pastures. This show will forever be based on promoting the Setswana culture, which is why we will be engaging Botswana at government level to form partnerships for this event and others, with possibilities of both countries having the opportunity to host it,” revealed Mahumapelo.