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FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC

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Upcoming music and entertainment promoter of Romeo Mashaba Promotions says she is into the the entertainment mainly to expose local talent to international audiences.

Speaking to The Voice in Francistown recently, Gabatshwane said her dream is to see talented performing artists from this country competing with the best.
“I love the performing arts especially music. it was this love that drove me to start my promotion company and also link with others in the music abroad. I now have exclusive rights to coordinate the local leg of the Miss Global International Beauty Pageant whose finals will this year be held in Jamaica.

I have also rights to the Miss Botswana UK Pageant. I want to use this to show the world the beauty we have” she said.
Gabatshwane who has brought notable foreign musicians to the country amongst them the Lesotho Jazz giant Bhudaza, South African gospel sensation Lundi and the famed Johnny Mokhale says besides feeding Botswana beauties to the world she also intends to take our music to the world. “We have a lot of talented artists especially in rural areas who have not been exposed to local and international audiences because most promoters think the best performers are in Gaborone. I the world to appreciate our traditional music and ill through my company do the best I can to see that such talent is exposed to a large audience” she said adding that she has organised a food, music, dance and poetry festival dubbed the “Batswana Fela Festival’ to showcase local arts and cuisine.

Another of her initiatives at promoting local talent is the Rejatlhako Music festival which this year will be held for the third time at a venue still to be decided. The festival features international and local acts.
Quizzed on the challenges in the industry she said so far she had encountered none worth talking about.

“I finance these shows through my property management company Pabo Holdings. when I have had to ask other companies to help me they have gladly do so. My other big backer is the department of Arts and Culture. the only challenge I dread is an artist failing to pitch up for a show. This has not happened to me yet but I am still have goose bumps when I think about it”
Meanwhile Gabatshwane is working on taking several acts amongst them the sensational Ikalanga group Ba na Bantogwa to the UK for this year’s Botswana Independence celebrations in London.