By Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone – Discerning music fans with a more mature taste are slowly taking over Gaborone’s dance floors, with promoters turning to yester-year artists.
After the recent Billy Ocean show, which featured Salif Keita, the mature revellers would be expected to quickly put on back their dancing shoes, as legendary South African kwaito group of the 1990s, Trompies, is coming to town.
Waar Was Jy Entertainment are the organisers of the May 25 show, which will see the Magsman-hit makers entertain revellers at the iconic Botswana Craft, a venue that has hosted countless music talent.
Fans immediately showed their approval when the group’s tour was announced, despite the steep P300 entry fee.
The organisers have said this is the first in a series of shows dubbed the ‘Waar Was Jy Oldies Series’ to feature yester-year acts.
The shows will have a short line-up, with one local act and the headline artists. The festival will last only five hours, kicking off at 19h00 up to midnight.
For the Africa Day show, local kwaito kwasa group, Wizards of the Desert and DJ Boogie Sid are on the line-up.
“Waar Was Jy is back with a new, refreshed series of gigs to appeal to the older crowd, who are our biggest supporters. While in the past, we tried to do festivals, we got feedback from our clientele that this not the way to go. Our client wanted a safe, secure venue, shorter line-up and no hassle when it came to refreshments, and we listened,” the show organisers said.
Trompies churned hit after hit from the 1990s to the 2000s, with songs like ‘Sigiya nge Ngoma’, ‘Madibuseng’, ‘Bengim’ngaka’, the chart bursting and ageless, ‘Sweety Lavo’, ‘Malabulabu’,’ Ke Tswa Hole’, ‘Fohloza’ and ‘Magsman’.
They stood out with their distinct township pantsula dances and colourful dressing. The group consists of Zynne ‘Mahoota’ Sibika, Eugene Mthethwa, Jairus ‘Jakarumba’ Nkwe and Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng.
Spikiri went on to launch a successful solo career, while Mthethwa has since graduated with a law degree. Despite a career spanning over 20 years, Trompies have remained relevant and popular across the region, and Gaborone revellers could be in for a treat.
“They were the soundtrack of the 1990s and 2000s.
They created sgubhu with ‘Sigiya nge Ngoma’. They popularised Dickies, and made you wear Converse. They told you that Fohloza was beautiful. They defined the sound of Kalawa and they are the most iconic group in kwaito.
They are all legends as individuals, “Waar Was Jy organisers said. The oldies series would be held quarterly on Fridays.
“The series will be focused primarily on the legends in the game. People who were soundtracks of our adolescence and early years.”