Retiring Trompies return to Bots for farewell tour

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By Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone - As celebrated South African kwaito group, Trompies prepare to drop the mic at the end of a glittering career, Botswana has been included on a farewell tour, with four shows planned for this month.

Trompies were in the country in September for a sold-out show, but immediately announced plans to leave the game after more than two decades of churning smashing kwaito hits.

However, they have not released a new album since their 2015 production ‘Respect Toasted Gona Ganati’, but remain a popular group in most Southern African countries.

The group redefined kwaito music, and added a new street fashion sense and produced hits such as ‘Magsman’, ‘Sigiya Ngengoma’, ‘Madibuseng’, ‘Bengimngak’a, and ‘Sweety Lavo’, among countless top productions.

However, after 25 years behind the mic, the group has decided to call it a day.

The show promoter’s, 7-eleven spokesperson, Letlhogile Mpuang said initially, the group was scheduled to hold two shows in Botswana, but that has since grown to six.

“Trompies will be in Botswana from December 15 as part of their farewell tour in Botswana. Initially, there were supposed to do two shows in Molepolole and Palapye but we have since agreed to add new dates,” Mpuang told The Southern Times last week.

Mpuang said there were issues with their scheduled Palapye show, and the organisers are still looking for an alternative venue in the Central District town.

Apart from Molepolole, the Trompies will perform in the diamond mining town of Orapa on December 15, move to Ramotswa, a village 40 kilometres south of Gaborone, before another show in the northwest resort town of Maun on Christmas Eve.

Trompies wrap up their tour with a show in Molepolole, 50km west of Gaborone, on December 29.

Mpuang said there is a possibility of adding new dates, to enable fans to bid the group farewell.

“Trompies felt that Botswana has been one of the countries where they have been mostly appreciated, and there is no better way to say goodbye to their fans,” Mpuang said.

He added that the group will identify an underprivileged family or charity organisation and donated part of the tour’s proceeds as a way of giving back to the community.

Another well-known kwaito group, Alaska, will accompany the Trompies on their Botswana leg of the farewell tour.

The Trompies were last in Botswana in September where they performed before a capacity crowd at the Botswana Craft in Gaborone.

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