Botswana’s newest and vibey band Sereetsi & the Natives of “Thaakokome” fame is due to play at the newest grand music festival on the South African lifestyle calendar dubbed Mahika Mahikeng.The popular and arguably one of Botswana’s grandest bands will play alongside some of the region’s biggest stars such as Nathi, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Tshepo Tshola, The Soil, Oliver Mtukudzi, Jaziel Brothers, and Bhudaza among many others. The Botswana act is billed to serenade South Africans with hits like Robete,Thaa Kokome, Ke Boletsa Mongwe and Botengteng on December 13th at Lotlamoreng Dam, Mafikeng.
“This is a great opportunity to have a piece of the South African market. All of South Africa would have descended on Mafikeng on that weekend,” said Sereetsi. The gig comes at a time when Sereetsi & the Natives is looking to grow its international gig schedule.
“We are happy that all the pieces seem to be falling into place. We are really focused on gigging internationally and the interest across the border has been mind-blowing,” added the renowned musician. Sereetsi & the Natives hope to use the gig to network on industry issues as well as finding international touring agents.
“We are taking the gig seriously. This is not to say that we won’t have fun. We are going to really play our regular set and ensure that we make it fun for ourselves as much as is possible. That has been our secret – to have as much fun as is possible while working. We have the best job in the world,” said Sereetsi beaming with glee at the prospect of playing and selling Botswana internationally.
The outing follows an international festival showing in Durban in October where Sereetsi & the Natives performed with South African musicians and hosted a guitar workshop for the academic community that attended the International Council of Traditional Music conference at the University of KwaZulu Natal.