Gaborone - Botswana’s celebrated hip-hop artist, ATI, has been forced to cut short his busy mid-year schedule and instead, checked into a rehabilitation facility in South Africa with an undisclosed condition.
ATI’s stoke rose significantly last year when he released the smash hit ‘Kiring Kiring Korong’, which is still a popular feature on many sets.
Born Atlasaone Molemogi, the 28-year-old has been forced to cancel bookings, with his manager only saying he is battling to overcome a condition, believed to be depression.
ATI will be at an undisclosed facility in South Africa for two months, as he battles to overcome his condition.
The artist's management team said as a result of the new development, ATI will only return to the stage at the beginning of October.
"It is with the greatest amount of displeasure to notify ATI supporters and all affected parties of his urgent admittance into hospital for medical proceedings in an attempt to get his health back in shape after a condition he has been battling for years has overpowered him thus seeking professional help in South Africa. These medical proceedings are expected to carry on for a period of two months, which will regrettably affect any appearances or bookings within the aforementioned interval with the artist’s unavailability. Bookings can only be made from the 1st October 2018. All affected parties are advised to contact the ATI management team.”
ATI has been one of Botswana's most recognisable musicians, with his blend of local hip-hop, infused with Western sound.
He was the main attraction at the 2017 Botswana Music Awards, where he swept the board with six gongs.
He did not slow down in 2018, with endless bookings, which saw him share the stage with renowned international artists such as Davido, Techno both from Nigeria, the legendary Salif Keita and Billy Ocean.
ATI was earmarked as one of the headline performers for the upcoming Gaborone International Music festival, which takes place in the capital on September 1.
Organisers of the show have since confirmed the star performer's absence.