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Genius Senyatso’s BOMU awards appreciation party thrills

NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE
The award-winning Genius Senyatso’s red carpet appreciation party was a great success. It was held at Mountain Valley in Gabane yesterday.

The young Senyatso, who is the son of the late jazz maestro Duncan Senyatso, proved to be walking on his father’s shoes after winning the Best Jazz Artist 2017 award at the Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards recently. His award was the first in the country to ever be sponsored with more than P100,000.

Obakeng Sengwaketse, who goes by his first name on stage, opened the event with a fired up performance. The young Ho Tseba Modimo artist who sings gospel was able to start the event with a powerful performance giving other artists morale to outdo themselves. As a norm, Moroka Moreri whose controversial poems won him a large fanbase from different walks of the country, kept the audience intrigued with his beautiful poetic rhythms.

Genius, whose lucky stars seem to be with him, was given support by other jazz music giants who treated the jazz music lovers to nothing but endless music performances in the likes of Lister Boleseng, Kerrymore who just embarked on the jazz music last year, Senonnori singer Puna Gabasiane and others.

The man of the moment did not disappoint as he treated the audience to some of his beautiful jazz melodies. The young Senyatso

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also sung one of his famous songs Dijo tsa lwapa before presenting the award to his fans. The artists were performing live and the set up was magical.

In an interview with Showbiz, he said the party was intended to appreciate and give back to his fans that have supported him throughout his music career. He said he had been brewing on his album Dijo tsa lwapa for over 10 years to make it the best quality album it is.

“Having grown up in a music oriented family, I started playing music at a tender age. I have always known that music is a calling and when I grew up I decided to do it as a fulltime career. I don’t just do music for more money. I am passionate about it,” he boasted.

 Genius extended his heartfelt thanks to his team, fans, family and friends for voting for him and always believing in him. He promised to continue to take jazz music to greater heights. He also pointed out that he won the award not because he got a favour from anyone but because he persevered and worked hard to give jazz music lovers an extraordinary product.



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