Reharko Polka Group goes up north

Reharko Polka Group won Best DVD at the 2015 BOMU awards PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Reharko Polka Group won Best DVD at the 2015 BOMU awards PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

Reharko Polka Group will for the first time perform in the northern part of the country during the launch of their recently released DVD. The event will be hosted at the Orapa Sports Hall on Friday.

“The group decided to perform up north for the first time since its formation due to the high demand for our music,” the group’s brand manager, Harry Koata said.

The launch will also feature performances by Smarh, and DJ Scan.

Koata also explained that the group has other performances lined-up for the northern part of the country during the festive season. Areas to be covered include, Francistown, Sebina, Maitengwe, Masunga and Mapoka.

“This initiative will be in collaboration with the IkaJazz maestro, Ndingo Johwa,” Koata added.

Reharko Polka Group consists of 16 dancers of different ages. The dancers come from different parts of the Kgalagadi district, which include Werda, Houmoed, Kokotsha, Vaalhoek, Bokspits, Tsabong, Lekgwabe and Struizendam.

The group released its debut album titled Die Antwoord, which means "The Answer" in English in 2014. The album scooped The Best Folklore/Polka Album in the 2014 Botswana Musician Union (BOMU) awards. The group managed to win Best DVD at the 2015 BOMU awards, which were held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre on October 31, 2015.

In 2013 Reharko Polka Group partnered with the Ministry of Education and Botswana Television (Btv) to raise funds for a rehabilitation centre for drug abusers. The group continued the spirit by collaborating with the same stakeholders in a project aimed at raising funds for people with vision impairment in Kopong. The fundraiser was held at Tlotlo Conference Centre in August 2014.

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