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I love Botswana Ensemble set Maitisong on fire

Publishing Date : 08 May, 2018


Under the directorship of Andrew Kola, I love Botswana Ensemble gave an electrifying piece of Art that left viewers asking for more at Maitisong on Thursday. At an enthralling event attended by former President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, they performed their captivating production which is billed to make a debut at Broadway.

I love Botswana Ensemble was co- created and produced by Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) as well as Mophato Dance Theatre for the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin 2017 in Germany. Botswana was the first sub- Saharan country to partner with ITB, the largest travel show in the world. The ensemble is a collaborative assortment of 7 groups. These are Nare tsa pina, Khudu Thamaga, Mophato Dance Theatre, Ntirelang Berman, Skit Beat, Tsoga Africa and Bana ba kwena. The vision to cultivate cultural tourism in Botswana as well as give artists international exposure, offering young Batswana an equal advantage of opportunity to succeed through this platform.

I love Botswana represented and raised the Botswana flag in Germany and USA in March and August 2017 respectively and has done tremendously well in selling cultural tourism through music, dance and acting. It is a production that highlights the beautiful Botswana, its different tourist’s destinations culture, sporting events, hospitality, the unmatched and the hedonism of the stunning elegant of our beautiful flora and fauna, as well as great place for investors, travellers and nature – enthusiasts. The production is a persuasion for viewers to make Botswana their tourism and investment destination of choice.

Inter- weaved by the Narrator who from time to time gives the production a drive for the audience to understand it and have a feeling of being part of a journey as we traverse the beautiful places of Botswana, the story is set to create an ambience where the audience is part of the unfolding events within the production. The production proudly shows Botswana’s principal tourist attractions, its game reserves with photographic safaris available. One of the highlights is the Okavango Delta, which is a maze of waterways, islands, and lakes. They promote their country’s tourism through art of dance, music, mime and narration to the locals and the world.

The production highlights the country’s tourism principles being sustainable tourism for economic development and community upliftment. I love Botswana plans to tour locally and globally to create awareness about Botswana, sharing her world acclaimed and admired story. The ensemble is on a journey to take cultural tourism to greater heights, to re- awaken the creative hearts of our fellow citizens, and to showcase our country’s diversity and unity to our fellow Batswana and to the world at large.

The 7 group ensemble plans to create employment by recruiting more local artists. I love Botswana will not only create career opportunities for dance but for academics in finance, accounting, marketing, public relations, business developments, theatre and production. The group has an ultimate goal of featuring in a Broadway Theatre, performing the Broadway stages in Hon- Kong, Sydney, New York and London, and to eventually bring Broadway to Botswana to make her a home of Broadway in Africa.        



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