Dignitaries mesmerise patrons at cultural festival

Sheila Tlou leading women to welcome bojalwa ja setswana at Son of the Soil
Sheila Tlou leading women to welcome bojalwa ja setswana at Son of the Soil

The 11th installment of the popular cultural festival, Son Of The Soil (SOTS) hosted at Boetelo Resort in Notwane Farm featured an array of activities such as traditional song, dance, games, poetry and dikhwaere.

The event was graced by dignitaries including former Vice President, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, former Minister of Health and current director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, Sheila Tlou, and the Ombudsman, Festina Bakwena.

The dignitaries mesmerised the crowd with their dance moves.

They enjoyed the event as they danced and mingled freely with the people. Tlou and Bakwena led the choir, which received traditional beer and had the first drink to test if it was well brewed.

“I will never miss this event and only death will stop me from celebrating. I have been celebrating it for 11 years now,” Tlou said. She applauded SOTS team for coming up with an initiative to preserve culture.

In the morning, boys played chama or gololo using marbles, while girls played diketo, koi and other games.

Individuals who attended the event looked elegant in their different traditional attires including, leteisi (German print). Many people were flamboyant and unique in their clothes.

Among them were women wearing traditional blankets commonly referred to as mogagolwane.  The GaTsh Fros, Gaone Mothibi and Tsholo Dikobe, caught people’s attention with their unique attires. One was clad in a brown leather dress with a touch of orange, while her friend donned orange pants and crop top with a long German print tail in front.

Men looked handsome in their earth colours attires. Some wore animal print t-shirts and muscle tops, while others went for safari shirts, and sleeveless jackets with matching hats. Children also put on traditional attire.  Mogoditshane Senior Secondary School stole the show with their beautiful traditional song and dance. Some of the patrons tried to imitate experienced dancers, creating more fun, as others cheered and laughed at those who could not imitate the dance moves.

In the morning delicious food like chicken feet, necks, intestines (mala), fat cakes, diphaphata and kabu were served.  At lunch time the audience was served traditional cuisine which included seswaa, beef, morogo wa dinawa, bogobe jwa lerotse, and different beans.

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