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Somizi to host the 5th edition of GIMC

Publishing Date : 08 May, 2018

Author : DAVE BAAITSE

Controversial South African choreographer and radio personality Somizi Mhlongo will grace the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) 2018.


The last time he was here, the controversial Mhlongo attracted backlash following a BOT50 gig where he was allegedly paid half a million pula to offer choreography services for the opening ceremony. He was accused of shoddy work. Mhlongo is a popular South African choreographer and radio personality who has appeared in various television shows, such as Living the Dream with Somizi, I am and Idols SA. On his appearance on the show I am, Somizi expressed how he faced challenges because of his sexuality. Somizi is also a father.


The annual GIMC is held to celebrate Gaborone and the culture of Batswana through a music festival, comedy, poetry, jazz, choral, cultural performances etc. It caters for everyone’s unique tastes so that no one is left out during the week’s events. Only the best international, regional and local artists are chosen to perform at GIMC in order to afford good quality performances for the attendees to get their money’s worth.


In line with international trends and standards Gaborone will this year once again be counted amongst the likes of Cape Town, Harare, Mbabane as it plays host to Botswana’s biggest music and culture event. Rated among the top ten events to attend in Africa, Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) is a weeklong of festivities in the capital Gaborone. The seven events are staged in seven different venues across the city and over million are spent by the event organisers.


The event has a relationship with South Africa’s Mahika Mahikeng and the organisers engage each other. With Mafikeng having been Botswana’s Capital at one point, issues of cultural differences can only be inevitable. With Gaborone hosting the much acclaimed Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC), Mafikeng hosting the annual Mahika Mahikeng which replaced the 60’s, the relationship between the two continues to grow immensely. Batswana will be waiting for Somizi to bring his magic to Botswana having made his mark in his home country and proved to be liked by people. Somizi hosted the 2017 edition of Mahika Mahikeng which was a great success. 

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