Mmegi Online :: Kapambwe and friends shine in maitisong musical extravaganza
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Kapambwe and friends shine in maitisong musical extravaganza

Young people often have big dreams of growing up to be famous superstars.
By Staff Writer Sun 21 Oct 2018, 09:13 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Kapambwe and friends shine in maitisong musical extravaganza








Just as often those dreams fade away because of cynicism cultivated in adolescence and hardened in adulthood.

But after watching Moonga Kapambwe and his friends dancing and singing at Maru-a-Pula School's Maitisong Theatre last Saturday, one hopes the palpable passion they have for art will not die with the added pressure they will undoubtedly encounter when choosing "sensible" career paths as they grow older.

Kapambwe, the teenage boy with a big voice that has bowled many over, is no stranger to any Gaborone music lovers.  His dream to be a singer is well-documented; he has made many strides to reach his goal, including auditioning for the famous Drakensberg Boys' Choir and bowling South African singer Mara Louw over with his performance for a My African Dream (MAD) grand finale some years ago.

Indeed, the Keeping the Dream Alive concert, at which Kapambwe and his friends performed, is the Kapambwe family's vehicle for supporting his singing career and keeping his dream alive.  For the concert last Saturday, much of the focus was removed from the stage-confident Kapambwe, and the audience was treated to varied singing and dancing performances.

Kapambwe, 15, and Rosemarie Hamoir, 20, both MAD alumni, are, despite their ages, veteran performers.  It was expected that they would shine in their performances.  Indeed, Kapambwe's enthusiasm and his eagerness to connect and interact with the crowd has been well-documented from his previous performances.

In his past performances, he has stuck to soaring ballads that epitomise his incredible vocal prowess, so it was a pleasant surprise and a measure of his willingness to grow, to notice that he has made use of his five-man band to delve into soft-rock/pop territory.  He strayed from his usual Chris Brown

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sets to songs like Fast Car (Tracy Chapman), A.N.G.E.L (Liquideep), to a homage to Amy Winehouse with Valerie, on which Wada Mapiki supported him.  On the Liquideep song, he pulled a girl from the audience to sing to her.

Hamoir on the other hand has no inclination to pander to the gallery, as it were.  Her performances, it must be said, are often collected.  She prefers to interact with the artists she collaborates with, as she did with Cedric Ncube on The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) and Andrew Williams, with whom she collaborated on The Only Exception (Paramore).

New talent has shone from the concert; singers Mapiki and Mpho Sebina, and drummer and guitarist Allessandra Sbrana were simply brilliant in their pared down rendition of Bob Marley's Turn the Lights Down Low.

Sebina, accompanied by Sbrana, was also exceptional in her performance of Adele's Set Fire To The Rain.

Guitarist Andrew Williams, who performed his song Floods to the audience, is on his way to becoming a virtuoso, if his guitar-playing skill is anything to go by.

But perhaps the award for the performer who stole the show should go to five-year-old Roe Dizzy Don't Stop, whose genuine dance skills and confidence are enhanced by her cuteness factor.  She whipped the crowd into a frenzy with her hip and kwaito dances to a medley of songs.  Dizzy is also a finalist in this year's MAD juniors' category.

At the close of the show, the entire cast jumped onto the stage as Kapambwe and his band performed the rather complex Come Alive (War of the Roses) by alternative favourite Janelle Monae.  Here is to hoping that all their dreams continue to come alive.

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