'One Night with Maxy' …Forgotten SA stars dust off guitars for Bots show

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By Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone - Forgotten yesteryear South African artists, Freddie Gwala, Pure Gold and Johnny Mokhali will dust off their guitars and head to the Botswana capital in August for a show dubbed 'One Night with Maxy'.

Local traditional music artists, Olebile 'Maxy' Sedumedi will headline the show, which will also feature local jazz musician, Banjo Mosele and South African songstress, Kelly Khumalo.

Freddie Gwala shot to stardom in the early 1990s, with his smash hit, 'Amadamara' and went on to dominate the disco scene before fading out at the turn of the millennium.

He was also part of the traditional gospel group, Pure Gold, and produced some of their songs.

After a lengthy period in the wilderness, Gwala and Pure Gold have been offered a rare opportunity to relive their golden hits in Gaborone.

Mokhali, known for his disco, afro pop hits, is a regular in Gaborone, although he had been off the radar for some time.

He remains a popular voice among Batswana with hits such as Ga osaitse, Ngwanaka and Le rato ka mokgala.

The controversial Kelly Khumalo is known for various top songs, including 'Asine' and she is a character likely to draw the crowds.

Mosele a top jazz artist, won the 2008 song of the year with his breakthrough hit, 'Ntsa e jele ntsanyana' but has never reached the same levels since. He is an experienced musician, who has toured the world, including the UK, South Africa and Norway.

The night's star attraction, Maxy is known as the Queen of the Desert due to her unique traditional music anchored on the life of the native, San.

She is currently signed under Multinational Record Label, Universal Studios, which is owned by the late Robbie Malinga.

Maxy is now resident in South Africa and told the media that she is happy to return and perform home.

"I have been based in South Africa with Universal Studio. I have been doing music that caters for South Africans and then I noticed I have Maxy of Botswana, how about I do something for Batswana," said Maxy,

who silky voice and looks remind many of the late Brenda Fassie.

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