One of the first choral groups in the country, KTM (Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete) choir took fans to its grassroots through a magnificent performance on Friday evening at Westwood International School in Gaborone.
The event dubbed, ‘Grass Roots’ was the beginning of a number of events lined up for the choir’s 25th anniversary next year. The choir’s youngsters, Diphalana, proved to its former singers known as Serodumo that the choir still has its mojo.
KTM Diphalana kick-started the event by thanking God for having led them throughout all these years and enabling it to go strong through all the years. It beautifully converted some of the famous hymns such as Our Father Who Art In Heaven, Ntate Ke Mang and Rara in choral.
The concert picked up momentum when the choir sang its former conductor and composer, the late Gomolemo Motswaledi also known as Sir G’s song Go a utlwala. The youngsters proved to their fans that the choir was still strong and going places with some of its old and most loved songs like Tsitsirobi written and composed by the legendary Kgalemang Tumediso Motsete.
It later decided to go the old way by going back to their roots as it made the audience screaming and applauding in excitement when it performed songs like Productivity, ABC which was led by Mokaleng Segaba whose deep voice won him a large fan base more especially from the choir’s legendary singer who evidently had already gone back to the good old days.
Things heated up when the choir changed to marabi, where the it combined dance and song together. They sang songs like Segaba, Lerotse, Montobele, Mbino dangwa, Tsatsi ke lele, Ga ke batle, Se nkgatele mosadi and so many more old songs.
Despite the cold evening, the crew successfully heated up the audience that could not help it but dance to its beautiful rhythms.
Its conductor Mike Modise brilliantly led the choir to showcase its magic while the master of ceremony, popular local jazz singer Nnunu, kept the audience captivated.
Giving his welcome remarks, Mokaleng said the event marked a very important day for the choir as it has been going strong in the local entertainment industry for so many years.
He said he joined the choir back in 1994 and was proud that the choir was still going strong.
“Since 24 years ago KTM choir ntse re gaketse. We are proud to have the former choir members giving us support, as we are actually one family. We hope today’s performance will prove that the choir is still as strong as ever,” he said.
Bonnington North Member of Parliament, Ndaba Gaolathe and other dignitaries graced the event. The choir has made a huge impact in the Botswana music landscape, gaining popularity with every passing stage.
It produced composers, soloists, conductors and many different role players in the music industry and artistes in the likes of Punch, Nnunu, Lizibo and the Royal Tenors who have gained popularity in the local music industry through different music genres.