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TSV takes Kgosikgolo across Botswana

Publishing Date : 07 August, 2018


Local performance group, Tswana Sanctified Voice, sponsored by the Ministry Youth Empowerment, Culture Development and Sport, will be travelling across the country to show Kgosikgolo play to the rest of the country.

Kgosikgolo play shows a life of a young Prince and his road to ascending the throne and all other activities which takes place at a Kgotla meeting like dikgafela, mophato, letsema, Thobo, lenyalo to mention a few. The group is set to start with Francistown at Francistown civic centre on 1st of September 2018 which will then be followed by Gaborone and other places countrywide.

“MYSC had sponsored our debut, KgosiKgolo (play) last year August and now they have requested TSV to show case it to the rest of Botswana,” the Director of Tswana Sanctified Voices, Ralph Dennison told WeekendLife. “As you might be aware KgosiKgolo is a musical production which showcases the rich culture and heritage we possess as Batswana.”

“As TSV we believe that as Batswana we should not let our culture disappear therefore KgosiKgolo is the perfect tool to teach about this culture in a more interesting manner being a fusion of song, dance and acting. Also its aim I do market our country in a more non-conventional way,” he said. TSV being a community choir registered under the registrar of societies hopes to create a platform for young people to perform and develop their arts thus empowering them.

“Our wish is to change the perception of arts in our country. Arts can be a source of income and one can make a living out of,” he said. At every venue the dynamic TSV group will host a performance workshop for drama, traditional dance and choir group’s students in government aided schools. “This is to help them develop their talents give them a project which we will be monitoring till the end of April next year,” he said.

Dennison promised a display of a performance that will take Batswana on a journey of a young Prince to be enthroned. The culture of Batswana told in song and dance; a show full of energy. According to Dennison the musical is both educational and entertaining with high hopes of repositioning the importance of performing arts. “For Jwaneng we have Acacia Primary School Marimba Band. And hoping to still partner with other groups to give them the opportunity to perform with us at all the other venues,” he said.

He further hinted that they will be another production which will also run for two years. “So the only people supporting us are MYSC, The Grandpalm hotel and resort, Print Mark Graphics, Anglican Cathedral Church with venue. We are still pleading with companies to come forward to assist especially for the scheduled performance workshops for students,” he added.

TSV is a choir of 30 young zealous singers, all with a passion for music. The choir was formed in 2016 by members of different youth groups/choirs from different churches.  All members of the choir have a strong musical background in the sense that they are self-taught with no professional training but have had the experience of being on stage on great productions like Joseph and the amazing technicolor dream coat, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, made in Botswana, Moratiwa to mention a few. The choir is based in Gaborone with members staying in Gaborone and the outskirts of the city.



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