In September, during one of the fifth annual Gaborone International Music Culture Week events, something magical happened. Oliver Groth of Botswana Craft was blown away by Motlha on stage and that could have been the moment a decision was made to bring the artist to Botswana Craft.
This Friday, Motlha of Mma motse hit will once again create the magic in a set that he says will leave many revellers speechless. Motlha joins the international Bongo Maffin at the Mascom Live Sessions event. He is ready for this moment, and in an interview tells this publication that he is gearing up for a performance of a lifetime.
“It is a great feeling to be on the Botswana Craft stage for the first time, and share the stage with big artists like Bongo Maffin,” explains Motlha, who will join a select few of local artists who have made it to the Mascom Live Sessions at Botswana Craft. “It is a great achievement considering the period since the release of the single,” he says.
He further says that the reaction that he gets from his fans is proof that he is on the right track, and that Batswana will always love him. He will be accompanied by a live band, and dancers will jazz up his set.“It will be a great performance. And they should expect exclusive music from my upcoming album that will be released in February 2019,” he says.
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday morning, Groth said they decided to go with Motlha as he is a special artist. “I saw him perform at GIMC, and I was very impressed. He has a great stage presence,” he explains. He also tells this publication that Bongo Maffin last performed at Botswana Craft in 2014. The show, he says, was so massive that he had to buy a new PA system after the event.
“The whole group and their band will be performing. And I think that the show is going to be sold out,” he highlights. Bongo Maffin comprises of members, Thandiswa Mazwai, Stoan Seate, Jah Seed, and Speedy. The kwaito outfit that released hit after hit was formed by Jah seed after moving to South Africa from Zimbabwe in 1996.
The original members of the group were Seate (formerly a back-up) singer for Thebe of Lenyora fame, and Jah Seed. Mazwai joined the group a year later. Speedy left the group in 2000, but the group has since reunited. The group has a number of albums under their belt including The Concerto (1998), Bongolution (2001), and New Construction (2005). The group recently released their latest single titled Harare featuring all members of the group.