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‘GIMC was a movie’

Publishing Date : 17 September, 2019

Author : TLHABO KGOSIEMANG

A glut of local and international talent was on show at the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week GIMC Festival this past Saturday at the National Stadium in the capital city.


The festival is known for attracting some of the biggest names in Botswana and South Africa, and this year it hosted the likes of Shekinah, Black Motion, Busiswa and Areece from Mzansi, as well as local acts such as ATI, the plucky Bouncy, Vee, the people’s favourite Charma Gal, Team Distant as well as Ancestral Rituals amongst others.


The festival made Gaborone alive as it brought the newest, coolest artists that the fun lovers have been eager to see perform live. You know, some of these artistes its very infrequent to see them do their junk, so this time around the line-up was the most fascinating one, and many folks can attest to  that. Upon arrival at the stadium, that was before it got frantic, DJ Louis Collymore was on the ones and two’s, doing his little magic with the decks. The entire 60 minutes allocated to him, he delighted the spectators with slow jams, as it was too early to sweat. The night was still young.


On to the next, was DJ Mcluvn who was allocated the same amount of time as DJ Louis Collymore. He added a bit of temperature, and party lovers were seen dancing to the tunes. The times were now moving, as he had to pave way for the valiant and famous Bouncy. Like always, she did not frustrate the audience, but rather, attracted more carousers to come forth. As for her costume, it was the obvious semi-naked outfit. It exposed some of what we shouldn’t be discussing here. Bouncy provided a thrilling piece, summarising it with her all-time hit ‘’peter’’.


Fast forward to some few minutes after seven was Scar with his old tunes and the audience could be heard chanting and dancing to the beats. For the very first time in his existence, he went on stage and did to some degree something dissimilar. No offence, sometimes he is just tedious! And while we on Scar’s remarkable performance, one fan advised that he releases at least a single as he has been silent for too long, and it turned out that he was right. I hope he doesn’t miss the memo.


Well, the show continued. Hapex Guru also did his thing, as well as Ricky Lamar. I could tell that this time around these artists came prepared to give GIMC supporters the fun they actually deserve. Team Distant came and conquered, and despite their controversial split recently, they delivered nonetheless. I have tried by all means to establish the cause of this split, but all my energies proved futile. It is apparent that the duo is doing pretty well even without some of its former members.


Some of the artists that also were on fire are Charma Gal, ATI and Franco. You wouldn’t accept as true that teen-agers do actually follow this Kwasa icon, but they do. He was one of the last acts, and he definitely shut down the GIMC Festival. The Gabane born musician played all of his melodies and everybody was singing along. Following a successful event, and indeed to check if the folks were impressed, I took to social media to see what have been shared about the festival. Some Facebook user’s acknowledged the organiser Fish Pabalinga for putting together such an implausible show.


‘’Fish Pabalinga, Botswana’s game changer. Truly inspired that your event went well. You have motivated me to work hard. Watch as we do our event the Tswana way, Kalahari Polo. Our main focus will be on introducing the art of Polo sport, influence and contribute on the art of fashion and music industry in Botswana. It is safe to say that every end of October there is something to look at. Not only will the above mentioned industries benefit but also the tourism industry’’


Itseng Hirschfeldt said ‘’GIMC continues to prove that it is the best concert in the country. We did it again over 10 thousand attendants last night at the GIMC Festival. It was all possible because of you guys. Thank you Batswana for the amazing support and for displaying a good behaviour during the entire GIMC week events. Twitter also was down on it. Some of the tweets said ‘’we had fun last night; I am really pleased with security. Keep up the good work’’. ‘’GIMC was a movie’’


Meanwhile, GIMC is a week-long annual event that includes a series of entertainment activities such as tap and clap, champagne picnic, poetry night, comedy night as well as the jazz festival. Just a quick one, the comedy night featured comedians such as Mashabela, Tips Shampoo, Tall Assmo, and the Jazz festival held in Tlokweng was graced by Mafikizolo, Motlha, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Tshepo Tshola, Ndingo Johwa, Khoi San and Nono Siile amongst others.

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