Rainbow Secondary School students celebrated their departure for a three-day mid-term recess with a career guidance presentation by the Blooming music promoter Zenzele Hirschveldt.
Hirschveldt warned the students that music promotion requires basic education foundation because it entails writing and reading legally binding contracts with artistes.
Promoters will also be required to interact with knowledgeable artistes who will tackle varying subjects that the promoter should be familiar with.
The promoters will also be required to be competent in English and other international languages in addition to the indigenous languages that are needed to communicate with local artistes, Zenzele said.
She recognised the role the teachers play in the grooming of students for a purposeful future and implored the students to value their time at school.
She offered herself as an example of a product of the formal school system, which enabled her to venture into music promotion.
Rainbow also houses a unique steel drum orchestra made popular by the people of African descent who settled in the West Indies. The steel drums require specialist tuning and cover a good portion of the range of a middle-size keyboard.
The instrument has proved its versatility though its use in classical music and jazz and has most recently been brought to the fore by the popular Andy Nurell who has performed at Westwood School in Botswana.
The steel drum is perhaps more systematically structured (for its purpose) than the Kgalagadi finger piano or 'stinkane' and is certainly more versatile than the marimba.
The steel drum deserves greater recognition in the formal school system in the popular music of the Batswana and the Africans.