Emotional return for Live Sessions after Tuku’s death

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Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone
 - The popular Mascom Live Session will return on April 5 for the first show of the year, and since the death of Zimbabwean legend, Oliver Mtukudzi who left his mark at the annual Botswana show.
Mtukudzi died last month, sparking an outpouring of grief among his Botswana fans, who had developed a strong bond with the gravel-voiced superstar.
‘Tuku’ had made the trip every year to Botswana for the Live Sessions, since the first show in 2011. His last show was in October 2018, where he put up a blinder before another sold-out crowd.
He holds the record of being the only artist to play before a capacity crowd for his Live Sessions.
Oliver Groth, the brains behind the Live Sessions, has not hinted if there will be a tribute show for Mtukudzi this year, in recognition of his unparalleled contribution to the series’ success.
The Live Sessions are held between March and December of each year, with different artists invited at various intervals to perform at the Botswana Craft.
This year, South African Afro-soul star, Ringo Madlingozi will open proceedings with a show in Gaborone on April 5.
Local jazz crooner, Lizibo will be the supporting act.
Madlingozi, like Tuku, has been a frequent feature at the Live Sessions as Botswana fans continue their love relationship, with yesteryear South African artists.
Last week Friday, forgotten group, Boom Shaka was in town but failed to rise to the occasion.
Boom Shaka were the main act, but at the end of the night, Kabelo, of TKZee fame, stole the show.
Other than Thembi Seete, Boom Shaka lacked the yesteryear spark, which propelled them to great heights with hits such as ‘It’s about time’ and ‘Thobela’.
But that energy is gone, and their bodies can no longer sustain a lengthy stay on stage.
Performing under the War Was Jy (Where were you) Oldies Series, Boom Shaka failed to dust off cobwebs that have gathered due to inactivity over the years.
Kabelo ‘Bouga Luv’ Mabalane, did not show any rust, instead, he wowed the crowd with songs such as ‘Dubula Dubula’, ‘Love me or leave me alone’ and ‘Zonke’.
The crowd was small but appreciative, and it could have been fitting that Kabelo closed the show, instead of Boom Shaka.
Local kwaito boy, Mapetla, did well with his old tunes, but by the time he got on stage, there were few fans at the Stanbic Molapo Piazza.

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