A welcome addition to local music literature

Book title: The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana: A player's manual showing chords, grooves and the style's most seminal guitarists

Number of pages: 81
Author: Tomeletso Sereetsi
Publisher: In The Loop
Year of publication: 2013
Reviewer: Dr Mothusi Phuthego

I have always been very passionate about music and I joined my first band at primary school. However my choice careers were piloting and journalism because I never fancied my chances for a career in the broad field of music. I had no idea whatsoever that I would end up as a music educator. Because of my interest in music in general I have always felt that the folk guitar style of Botswana was worth recording, analysing and documenting. This was after watching itinerant four-string guitarists who performed for a fee in Lobatse, where I grew up. The guitarists came from surrounding villages. I identified several areas of potential research including the folk guitar as played by musicians in several parts of Botswana. I must say that I have come across a book that is in itself a commendable effort in investigating the artform. The book is titled The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana: A player's manual showing chords, grooves and the style's most seminal guitarists by Tomeletso Sereetsi.

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