President's concert lives up to hype
The President’s Concert is usually characterised by a remarkable display of talent and awe inspiring performances, and this year was no exception.
The audience was left spellbound by the local dancers and singers who gave their best on stage. The first act was Moratiwa, a musical production by legendary singer Socca Moruakgomo. The musical is fun, hilarious, action packed, fast paced and emotional. Set in Botswana, the musical explores the dark world of ritual killings, which are prevalent in African countries.
In between all of the scenes there were songs and dance supported by a nine piece live band, which included Socca Moruakgomo playing his trumpet. Vasco or The King of Rumba as the man is popularly called, started off the second act with a bang. Dressed in a golden robe, he made his way to the stage carried on a high chair by what could only be said to be his servants. Vasco then got off the chair, switched on his microphone and started singing and dancing.
His energetic back up dancers gyrated and moved their agile bodies like they had been de-boned. The high tempo performance had the audience cheering and tapping their feet.
They were followed by Urban Empire then later on Latin American dancers, Mike and Miss T, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Smerts.What could the evening have been without Lizibo’s much-loved traditional Tswana and Kalanga ballads? The man himself came down the stairs and made his way to the stage with his backup singers close by.
Lizibo engaged the audience by telling them about his upcoming album, which boasts songs such as Shetla lame and Semonamona amongst others. He then did what he does best; he gave the audience their money’s worth with his crooning and smooth moves.
The proceeds of this year’s President’s Concert went to Gabane Community Home Based Care (GCHBC) which was founded in 1997 in response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic. The centre was handed over a whooping P100, 000.