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Tuku, Sakala to battle out at Second annual Goldies fest

Publishing Date : 11 September, 2017

Author : DAVE BAAITSE

Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi is billed to grace the second annual Goldies Festival in Palapye. It was a norm for Tuku to perform at least once a year in Botswana, usually at the Mascom Live Sessions at sold out shows-with some of his fans missing out on the action. This year fans can be guaranteed another chance to see him at a totally different environment in Palapye, on New Year’s Eve.   


Performing alongside Tuku will be another of Africa’s great sons, James Sakala from Zambia. Sakala was born in Bulawayo but his family then moved to Zambia where he is currently based. In 2015 Sakala was named a Proflight brand ambassador.
Interestingly, the two legends have also worked together. In 2016, Mtukudzi collaborated with Sakala and the duo recorded a song at Pakare Paye (Mtukudzi's studio) in Zimbabwe.


The collaboration was to promote the preservation of the authenticity of the original Zambian sound, Kalindula. Sakala also had the privilege of sharing the stage with the world's multiple Grammy Award winning reggae band UB40 at the Stanbic Music Festival in Lusaka, Zambia. The festival took place in October 2016 and featured other local artists which included JK, Wezi, Pompi, Afunika and Israel.


The annual Oldies Festival is an initiative by Sereetsi and The Natives which started last year in partnership with Cresta Botsalo Hotel in Palapye. In its inception, the show featured only local artists but this year the show promises to be bigger and better. With a small budget they have ensured that Africa’s two loved sons Tuku and Sakala will be coming to perform alongside another team of local heavyweights Sereetsi and The Natives, Lister Boleseng alongside Duma FM DJs, with Tumisang Mothei as the MC.


The event organizer Tomeletso Sereetsi from Sereetsi and the Natives said festivals in Botswana usually feature a lot of South African artists, something they have tried to diverge from a little bit. Their aim is to go all out and bring some of the biggest names from across the continent as well as bring those unknown names to Botswana. “This is some sort of sense of the discovery in the music vibe,” he said.


According to Sereetsi, they have laid out a 5 year plan to brand the show a New Year Eve destination of choice and bring tourism to the central district. He said a plan is still being hatched to take visitors on a tour to see some historical sites once they arrive in Palapye. Such historical sites include among others Moremi hills and gorge and Old Palapye among others. He said they have since added changes to the event as they have introduced a VIP section which they didn’t have last year. He said this is a sign of improvement.


Sereetsi said they have retained their last year partners Cresta Botsalo Hotel and this year they will be offering accommodation packages specifically for the show. Other partners who came on board include Duma FM who are media partners as well as Double IP who will provide Sound, Stage and Lighting at the show. He said the show will boost businesses in Palapye annually because every other service will be procured within the area and its vicinity. 

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