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Singer Don B sent off in style

Singer, (real name Donald Botshelo) 'Don B's' funeral was never a sombre scene. Apart from the moment his wife and children broke down uncontrollably when his casket was lowered into his final resting place, it was an event full of laughter, enthusiasm and song.
By Staff Writer Sat 22 Nov 2014, 02:00 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Singer Don B sent off in style








It started with the uncle elaborating on how courageous the departed musician was, adding that Don B had inherited his musical talent from his mother, Tabaka Botshelo who she described as good singer and dancer. "If we were not in a funeral she would stand up and dance for you," Botshelo's uncle said.

Thousands of people who had converged on his mother's place did little mourning but celebrated the disco star's life as much as his music had been celebrated and indeed it continued to make people dance even at his funeral.

Before the entourage could proceed to his final resting place, Botshelo's latest work, a song called Ability in Disability, which he did for Face-to-Face started playing softly from the PA system, but one elder gave permission for the track to go louder declaring "just make it louder so that those who want to dance can dance" and a few bodies started shifting before it was cut short. Then the farewell messages were read out after which his more popular hit, Baby Girl hit was played to the crowd.

As the big crowd followed the hearse to a nearby graveyard those who remained behind were comforted by Botshelo's music and the elders seemed to enjoy it until the throng returned for the final proceedings.  The few cars, which drove to the graveyard, played his music softly and after the funeral, more and more cars were blaring with hits such as Banyana Ba Serowe, Baby Girl and Banna Wee.

In his album, Baby Girl, which was produced by South African Disco maestro Dan Tshanda, Botshelo had thanked a certain Clarkson Mmuseng Bodika.  It emerged at the funeral that this was the man who taught Don B, at Podulogong Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind in Mochudi.Bodika described him as someone who had special musical talent and a fast learner, saying the visually impaired artist was able to compose songs in both Setswana and English.

According to Bodika, Botshelo and another visually impaired musician Anna Fiki-Ditau were a marvellous combination musically.Fiki-Ditau noted that Botshelo had been instrumental in composing and producing her popular track, Mpolelle Re Babedi.

"When we met he was still doing his primary school at Lentswe Primary School, while I was already doing my Form Two.  After we both worked on Mpolelle Re Babedi I knew he was a special talent and the other day I heard his track, Jeso Oa Phela, on radio and I was very happy," Fiki-Ditau said.

Speaking for Dalom Music productions, the company Botshelo did two albums under, promoter Super Letshabo also described him as a very interesting character and powerful musician who did not write his songs, but just listened to the instrumentals and added his vocals with ease. He told the gathering of how intelligent Botshelo was and that it was not easy to cheat him despite his lack of sight. Botshelo is survived by his wife and three children - two boys and a girl - his mother and three sisters.



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