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Musiq Soulchild for GIMC

Publishing Date : 22 May, 2018

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Philadelphia born Taalib Johnson who goes by the name, MUSIQ SOULCHILD will headline Gaborone International music and Culture Festival (GIMC) Jazz on Saturday 1st September 2018 at Stanbic Piazza.


Among Africa’s biggest, GIMC returns bigger from Saturday 1st September to Saturday 8th September 2018. Established in 2014, GIMC is in its 5th year running and the organisers of the festival have gone all out to make this one an even bigger and better show.  
Musiq Soulchild needs no introduction, he was among a crop of R&B artists who arrived during the 2000s with no debt to the flashy and sexually aggressive sounds that prevailed throughout the preceding decade.


The Philadelphia- born muso grew up in a household that provided him with an education in '70s soul. Additionally inspired by the contemporary likes of D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway, he applied his musical upbringing to a love for non-commercial hip- hop and refined his romantic and affable everyman style across a string of six major- label albums, four of which went either gold or platinum in the U.S. One of the steadiest singers and songwriters in his field, he earned 11 Grammy nominations evenly spread across a decade. In 2010, he stretched out stylistically and went independent without wavering from his soul base.


As a fledgling young artist who, at first, did not intend to enter the music industry, Musiq performed wherever he could, including the streets, at schools, and even in galleries. He honed his stagecraft at open- mic events and at showcases hosted by the Five Spot and Wilhemina's until his management team, Jerome Hipps and Michael McArthur (aka Mama's Boys), facilitated a deal with Def Jam's Def Soul subsidiary. Musiq debuted in 2000 with "Just Friends (Sunny)," which first appeared on the soundtrack for Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. The song hit the Billboard R&B/Hip- Hop chart that September, reached number six, and was featured on Aijuswanaseing, an album released two months later.


Recorded mostly at DJ Jazzy Jeff's hometown A Touch of Jazz studio, Aijuswanaseing also contained "Love," a number two R&B hit that made impact in December. Written with Carvin Haggins and Andre Harris, and produced by Harris and Vidal Davis, it helped the album reach platinum status and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.


GIMC has previously hosted Grammy Award Winning artists from USA in the likes of Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, as well as top comedians like Mr Ibu from Nigeria, Black Coffee, Cassper Nyovest, Dj Fresh just to name a few. The event has grown tremendously and has featured any and all top artists in Botswana. GIMC 2018 will list 50 artists covering the entire music and arts genre, a commendable feat that is welcome in local arts.


The founder of GIMC and MD of Leapfrog, Fish Pabalinga was delighted when WeekendLife spoke to him about GIMC 2018. “Preparations are at an advanced stage and we have listed all our artists, which will be 50 in total and of that number 40 of them will be Batswana. We can comfortably say that no other event in Botswana supports music and arts like GIMC does, since 2014 we have hosted over 200 artists with 90% of them being Batswana youth. The value chain the event has created is enormous and with support from the business community and Government the event can grow to become one of the biggest in Africa.”


GIMC will kick start with the jazz festival featuring Musiq Soulchild, Sereetsi and The Natives, Samantha Mogwe, Bokani Dyer Trio and Motlha; and will be preceded by the Champagne Picnic, Theatre, Poetry, Choral, Comedy and the music Festival. Pabalinga said the festival venue of the 2018 event, will be announced in due course as there are ongoing negotiations regarding the use of the National Stadium for music festivals.

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