Ronnie - Botswana's YouTube superstar

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Traditionally many followers of Botswana folklore music looked to the legendary Radio Botswana's folklore programme, Dipina Le Maboko, on Sundays to enjoy Botswana's wealth of folklore music.

Today dishing out folklore music is no longer the preserve of RB and its famed journalists.  Enthusiastic folklore lovers are going around the country videotaping interesting guitarists and uploading their songs on YouTube for the enjoyment of today's YouTube generation.

Ronnie of Kopong village, Kweneng District, has become an instant hit on YouTube and his close to a million followers around the world are convinced the folklore player is in a class of his own as he is shown playing his guitar arrogantly and passionately with elbows, knuckles, the outside of his hands, and sometimes beating its strings with fingers as if it were drums, to produce those unique melodies that only Ronnie can extract from his seemingly worn out guitar, or katara, as it is called in Setswana.

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