Now in its fourth year running, the annual Kgalagadi Polka Festival is upon us.
Popularized by outgoing President, Ian Khama, the night of song and dance will once again be hosted at the Tsabong Showgrounds on March 3.
Organised by the Ministry of Youth Development, Sport and Culture Empowerment (MYSC), the event was introduced in an attempt to revive Polka in the Kgalagadi areas.
The festival, which has grown significantly since its debut show in 2015, attracts a diverse audience, as people from all across the country converge on Tsabong.
As is the norm, entrance to the one-day extravaganza will be free of charge, adding greatly to the ‘celebratory feel’ that surrounds the event.
Speaking to Voice Entertainment this week, MYSC mouthpiece Thobo Tlhasana revealed a total of nine Polka groups will perform at the 2018 edition.
“The groups that will showcase on the day are the top eight from the President Day competition last year. We have also invited the Val Hook Primary School to join the other groups and possibly learn a thing or two,” explained Tlhasana.
The groups scheduled to participate include: The Kalahari Dancers, Remogo Polka group, Traanpvas Polka group, Gareng ga di thota Polka group, Honey Polka group and Trek e ding Polka group.
The final two that make up the nine have not yet been announced.
Similarly, the organising team are still to confirm the guest artists for the event, with both ATI and Charma Gal being tipped as likely acts.
Last year’s guest artist was Dr Vom, who thrilled with his famous rendition of ‘Tsaya Thobane’.