By Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone - Botswana's capital enjoyed a crime-free week of culture and music, as the organisers of the Gaborone International Music and Culture (GIMC) festival avoided last year's headlines where a university student lost her life.
The last edition of the GIMC week saw a young woman lose her life when there was a stampede during a music show at the National Stadium.
The unfortunate incident was blamed on security laxity and the organisers left no stone unturned to ensure that this year’s event was incident free.
Revellers entering the National Stadium for a star-studded show on Saturday night, were body searched and an assortment of dangerous instruments were recovered.
“We were prepared and the organisers were prepared as well. We wanted to avoid what happened last year, when a life was lost,” the police said.
There was a huge turnout, estimated at more than 10,000 but the police were up to the task and no major incidents were recorded.
The police say arrests were made for ‘minor’ crimes like pick pocketing but overall the crowd was well behaved.
‘Skeleton Move’ hitmaker, Master KG from South Africa, proved to be the ultimate crowd puller, as he dished his popular hits.
The young house artist has endeared himself to the Botswana market with a string of hits, including ‘Ntsalele Le Ngwana’, which is a collaboration with top Botswana disco musician, Charma Gal.
Master KG was initially omitted from the line-up, but organisers later bowed to public pressure to include the 22-year-old, in a show that was headlined, among others by South Africa’s Nasty C and Lady Zamar.
He gave the fans what they wanted, as he entered the stage with 'Situation' and moved on to other hits, ‘Deleta’ and ‘Waya Waya’.
When he played ‘Skeleton Move’, the crowd's was euphoric despite the freezing temperatures in the wee hours of Sunday.
Vee Mampeezy, arguably Botswana’s most recognisable music talent, represented the local contingent well, with his trademark energetic performance.
The week long festivities had kicked off the previous Saturday with a jazz show, and included workshops on arts and culture, fashion show and comedy, before the music festival at the National Stadium brought the curtain down.