It was a night of brilliance and spiritual upliftment last Thursday at the Gaborone International Music and Culture (GIMC) Week as the Clap-and-Tap music choirs, serenaded revellers at Boipuso Hall.
Clap-and-Tap music has similarities to both traditional gospel music and choral music, but does not rely on instruments.
It, instead relies on the melody of the vocals and the sound of clapping hands in a way that creates a fine tune and tempo.
The show was headlined by South African gospel choir, Lejwe la Motheo alongside local choirs, Ditsala Moreneng Gospel Choir, St Paul Mogoditshane, and Soul Redeemers.
It attracted multitudes and proved that Clap-and-Tap music’s popularity continues to grow in the country.
The choirs took turns performing, but award-winning Lejwe La Motheo proved once again that they were a force to reckon with. They were the darlings of the night with their highly-charged performances.
The group from Tembisa, which had brought about 30 members did not just combine vocals with clapping of hands, but fused their performance with significant trending dance styles such as vosho and gwara gwara much to the
It was deemed to be an event for Christians or churchgoers, but the show attracted people of different backgrounds, and the choir managed to move even the hard-to-please.
Every time the group left the stage, the crowd would still be in the high spiritual element.
It was not just the South African outfit that made the night splendour. Local choirs, mostly youth-dominated, also did their fair share to entertain the crowd.
Throughout the show, the crowd sang and danced along.
One could also appreciate how the music genre has grown in the country and how the performers take it seriously. It was just refreshing to watch, from the attires to the stage performances.
With scintillating performances, the large crowd that this part of the GIMC pulled, proved once again that the arts have a significant role to play in diversifying and growing the economy.