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Afro Night Ignites Old School Music Spirit

NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE
The Manhattans
The MoTown and Afro Night featuring Manhattans and The Temptations ignited the old school music spirit at Ba Isago University Hall on Friday.

For a number of old folks and some youngsters who thronged the venue because of their passion for classic music, the weekend turned out to be a memorable one as the American popular RnB groups, The Temptations and Manhattans gave them the best performances ever.  The two popular American groups drove the old folk down their youthful memory lane as they beautifully sang all their songs leaving the crowd asking for more.

The Temptations opened the stage for Manhattans. Before doing their set, they sang a song for President Mokgweetsi Masisi and the First Lady Neo Masisi, as requested by the President.  In the song, they collaborated with local artist Tshepi, also the event organiser. The Temptations then sang some of their famous songs such as My Girl, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Treat Her Like A Lady, Rolling Stone and more. Their beautiful melodies kept the crowd on their toes. That was the second time the crew performed in the country after MoTown and Afro Night invited them to perform in the country last year.

Being their first time performing in the country, The Manhattans did not disappoint fans. In fact, the crew outdid itself and kept fans dancing the night away. The group that originates from New Jersey treated the audience to spectacular

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performances.  It sang its popular songs such as Shining Star, Forever By Your Side, Craze, not forgetting its most loved and popular song Kiss And Say Goodbye, which they played at the end of their performance.

The Manhattans saw it fit to share its new single that was released early this year, Get It Ready that the crowd seemed to enjoy. Even though they tried to maintain their singing style, The Manhattans decided to add a bit of spice into their song to merge it with current music styles.

Local acts that opened up the stage for the Americans also did a wonderful job. Local jazz maestro Lister Boleseng’s daughter Refilwe Boleseng opened the show with her jazz music act. Tshepi’s performance warmed things up as it got the hall roaring in excitement as he sang one of the famous Setswana songs Ba Ga Mmangwato that got the audience singing along.

The night would have not been complete without beautiful performances from South African singers Joe Nina and Cheek to Cheek who brought out the ghetto in most of their fans. Their rich and beautiful songs took a lot of the old folks back into time and to their youthful age, as they sang and danced along till the early hours of the morning.



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