Jazz on the lawn takes it up a notch

Jimmy Dlulu
Jimmy Dlulu

Dubbed ‘Jazz on the lawn’, the inaugural Gaborone International Jazz Festival (GIJF) took performance up a notch when it kicked off at Serokolwane Farm near Phakalane on Saturday.

The show featured a strong line up comprising of Jimmy Dludlu, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Atjazz, Punah Gabasiane-Molale, Mpho Sebina, Louis Mhlanga, HHP and The Pulse of Joy Choir, and Shanti Lo. The performances kicked off with Punah, then Atjazz, followed by the songstress, Mpho Sebina.  At sunset Nnunu also known as Mmasonoko was on stage warming up the crowd on a rather chilly Saturday night.  Guitarist, Mhlanga, performed prior to Ladysmith Black Mambazo taking to the stage.

With just two founding members left in the nine-member group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo demonstrated that the legacy of Iscathamiya is still alive.  They performed their classics including the hits composed during the Grammy winning Graceland tour with Paul Simon.  Although lead singer Joseph Shabalala did not travel with the group, his four sons namely Thulani, Msizi, Mbongeni and Thami Shabalala enthralled the Gaborone crowd.  Also in the group was ‘the third generation of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’ Babuyile Shabalala who is the son of Msizi and grandson of founding member Joseph.

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