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Overthrust Rock band to march against poverty

Publishing Date : 05 February, 2018


The annual Overthrust Winter Metal Festival will this year celebrate nine years of existence under the theme ‘Ride and March against poverty’. The event which is held in Ghanzi, Botswana brings different Rock/ Metal bands from the region as well as United States and Germany for intercultural exchange and a charitable event that gives back to the community.

This year the event will be held on the 25- 26th May at Ghanzi Community Hall. Dubbed “OVERTHRUST WINTER METAL MANIA FEST” the event was started by Overthrust Rock Band in May 2010. It was initially started as an ordinary annual rock festival, and the purpose was to bring all followers of rock music in one place to associate, unite and re- unite and have all local rock bands perform.

The festival was first called “Kgalagadi Desert Festival” in 2010 but upon realizing that the name sounded similar to another brand it was changed in 2011 to “Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest.” It usually attracts various Rock Music Bands from all corners of Botswana and recently bands from outside are taking part in it. Rock or Metal bands from Windhoek-Namibia, South Africa, Finland amongst others have participated in the event before.

This year as the event is celebrating nine years, it will be held under the theme “Ride and March against Poverty”. In June, 2012 Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest was incorporated in to a charity event so as to help people in need in the communities of Ghanzi and the surrounding areas. Orphans and disabled children benefit from the initiative and after the festival receive clothes, food hampers and other necessary donations.  

This festival has now turned into some sort of Rock/ Metal music day and attracts international fans and metal bands from South Africa, Namibia, Europe and America. During this event different nations all over the world meet in one roof interacting, uniting as one, indulge in cultural exchange - all in the name of Rock “N” Roll.

The event attracts people from across the globe, however the masses come from Southern Africa, Sweden, Finland, Asia, America and Europe mainly Journalists, videographers and lovers of the genre. The event Managing Director Thomarelo Vulture Mosaka says they appreciate the support from everyone more especially their fans across the globe.

In the year 2015, the event was extended to Maun and titled: Overthrust Winter Mania Abolition Metal Fest. This was a mini- show/ tour done the first week of June after the major winter mania show. The event was mainly done to close officially the annual Overthrust winter metal mania Fest. It started in June 2015 and it will continue as an annual show now. This mini- event will spread to other places with time.


During or after this event dates are set for the handing over ceremony of the donations to the beneficiaries. According to the Event Managing Director they currently have financial challenges as sponsors are not forth coming and not helping with this noble cause. “We have no sponsors and our biggest challenge is sound system, we need people who can buy our band sound system to use annually in this event, we dig from our own pockets and contribute to finance the activities of this event.

He added: “We ask for sponsors each year but to no avail, however that will not stop us from reaching our mission to help the needy children and orphan in the community,” he said. This event is officially opened by one of Ghanzi District Authorities and in 2017 it was officially opened by the Ghanzi District Commissioner, Loeto Porati along with the Bot50 Committee.



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