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TAMMA Marimba Band And Mafitlhakgosi Captivate Audience

NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE
The Dr Alport Mhlanga Music Academy (TAMMA) Marimba Band’s collaboration with Mafitlhakgosi Traditional Troupe treated the audience to a superb performance on Friday at the Alliance Française de Gaborone’s Fête de la Musique festival.

The show kick-started with the fusion performance of the two groups where TAMMA treated people to the beautiful sounds of the woods that sing (marimba) when the energetic Mafitlhakgosi troupe of boys and girls put the icing on the cake with their usual energetic dance moves.

That marimba band kept the audience captivated with their 120 minutes of electrifying performances, which were also attributed to the late Dr Alport Mhlanga for having touched many lives when he was still alive.

 The band successfully kept the evidently excited audience on their toes with some of their beautiful songs like Lazy and a jazzy musical piece called Watataz, which was composed by Alport himself.

It also spoiled them with some lyrics taken from the French group known as Tryo, which were sung by Alport’s wife Dumisani Mhlanga.

TAMMA is named after Dr Alport. The academy of music was established in fulfilment of the long-standing dreams that he always wanted to accomplish.

His wife decided to continue his legacy in order to acknowledge her husband’s love, passion and deep appreciation for music.

For their part, Mafitlhakgosi from Old Naledi worked their magic on stage leaving the audience thrilled.

This time, the troupe brought their younger members aging

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between six to about 15 who displayed beautiful dance moves that left some of the audience amazed.

Unlike in the previous years, this year’s Alliance Française de Gaborone decided to keep their famous music festival small and cozy. They did not invite many artists as in the previous years and only people who had registered to grace the event were allowed entry to control the number of attendants.

Fête de la Musique, also known as Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration, that takes place on June 21. It began in Paris in 1982 and was founded by French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, who originated the concept of an all-day musical celebration on the days of the solstice.

The festival originated in a humble burst of musical idealism and few power connections and yet, in only two decades has become a wildly popular global event.

This season, the musical event drew music lovers in 540 cities worldwide, 300 European cities and about 50 of them in Germany alone. Each year on June 21, the public has an opportunity to witness different music genres from different musicians, bands, orchestras, choirs, soloists and DJs for free.



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