Mascom Live Sessions fails to pull a crowd


BotswanaCraft hosted Mascom Live Sessions featuring South African, songbird Lira and local sensation Samantha Mogwe on Saturday.

Ordinarily the two names, being powerhouses in their own right, would pull a large crowd. The two women need no introduction, having many accolades under their names, but on Saturday the numbers spoke a different language.

BotswanaCraft was half empty and those who decided to attend the show seemed less interested. Most attendants did not bother to pay attention and remained seated for most of the night, whilst only a handful danced by the stage.

Kick starting the show was Mogwe of Transitions fame. Mogwe, who has just one album under her name, sampled her singles to a luke-warm reception.

It was only her feature with rapper Zeus, titled Transitions, which is also the title track of her debut album that moved the crowd a little. Zeus rocked on stage as evidenced by the crowd’s loud cheers.

The lady of the night, Lira who is famous for her creative attires, this time around rocked up too casual. She wore a top, which was flowing all the way down to her ankles and a pair of pale jeans, which looked like they had seen better days.

The audience, even though still seated, sang along to her hits. But it was her dance moves that really saved the night, calling for an encore when she finished her close to one hour set.

She completed her night with a rendition of Mariam Makeba’s Pata Pata, but before she could leave the stage she performed a song she says she wrote over frustration with her former music label 999. 999 is owned by Arthur Mafokate, who was in the country last weekend.

“I composed the song back in 2001. I was frustrated with my then record label, 999. They made me wait for over two year before I could release anything, and this was after I quit my job in financing, and I was literally broke at the time, I had exhausted all my finances,” she said as she cued in the song titled Xhesha.

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