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A.T.I, Amantle Brown for Mahika Mahikeng

Publishing Date : 27 November, 2017


A.T.I and Amantle Brown will be amongst the line-up at the annual Mahika Mahikeng cultural festival, which will be held on the 7th to 10th December at Mafikeng.

Mahika Mahikeng was established in 2015 following commitment by the Premier of the Province of Bokone Bophirima to strengthen and empower the people of the province. The festival will grow from a 3 day to a 6 day event that includes a diverse set of disciplines, including music, comedy, film, theatre and poetry. The music and culture festival is a vehicle to drive local tourism and economy through the arts in Mafikeng.

In an interview with the organisers of Mahika Mahikeng, they explained that their choosing Amantle Brown and A.T.I was influenced by how they are currently doing in the music industry. “We looked at artists and personalities who are currently doing well and who would fit into the lineup. We are also looking at artists who would entertain at the same level as some of the best we have to offer as South Africa. Therefore, the decision was based on the careers and potential for growth of these artists and personalities and how they can deliver a great show,” Monde Kakula revealed in an email response to WeekendLife.

The organisers further explained that the show will also be headlined by Joyous Celebration in the Gospel category. “The festival will feature a gospel show to be headlined by gospel giants Joyous Celebration, a comedy show to feature seasoned funny man David Kau and the firm favourite jazz festival at Lotlamoreng Dam. One of the highlights of the 3rd Mahika Mahikeng is the adoption of Maftown Heights, which is a hip hop festival,” he said.

He also added that they have catered for business affiliates. “Together with this line up, there is a local lifestyle market that will be hosted over three days which gives business opportunity to local business people in crafts, fashion and food,” Kakula added. According to the coordinator, the festival will be a fest for entertainment and arts lovers as it will feature a variety of artists from a number of genres.  “In 2017 the Mahika Mahikeng is bringing world class entertainment with a line-up of national artists that will be gracing our stages, unlike the years gone past. Our intention is to also position the festival as a national event that will attract festival goers from across the country and beyond our borders,” Kakula highlighted.

He further said that they have also packaged great deals for their visitors from across the country and those that will be coming from Botswana. “These VIP packages will give our guests a smooth festival experience where their accommodation, meals and tickets for the shows is included in the package. Our aim is to give festival goers an experience throughout their time in Mafikeng.”

When touching on the target for the festival he said, it is for the people of Mafikeng to have a good time, and to plant the seed that the arts can be used to empower the people. He said through the event, they are not only empowering SMME’s, but they also want to empower the ordinary man on the street who can have an opportunity to trade at the various events throughout the festival.

“There is the tourism element, driving visitors to Mafikeng, and hoping that they realize that Mafikeng can be a destination of leisure that they should highly consider. Finally, we are hoping that this event will give a great platform for local artists, both emerging and established for them to be able to grow beyond the North West and share their talents with the rest of the country,” he highlighted.

Although many Batswana may worry about their security, Kakula however said Batswana should not worry as the organisers have done their best to engage the police. “We have engaged all stakeholders, the police being one of them, to ensure that people come into the country, into the province and don’t have a worry in their minds.”



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