The ambience at the just ended annual Gaborone International Music and Culture week (GIMC) was serene and perfect for its motley revellers. Partygoers were out in force in Gaborone this past Saturday, showing that the party spirit was still in full flow despite the distress that dogged the festivity last year due to an unfortunate loss of life as well as this year’s nippy weather. And some were very brave in their choice of outfit.
Led by its trailblazing founder, Thapelo ‘Fish’ Pabalinga; the GIMC which just like good vintage wine has mellowed with time had brought amazing names to grace this year’s weeklong extravaganza.
Just like the past GIMC events, this year’s setting was bigger and better as the organisers remained equipped in their quest to continuously reach new-elevated parameters.
However, unlike 2017, this year’s crowd was well-behaved and in light of recent events, security was tight at the venue.
This year’s event, just like in the past brought some of the best talents from Africa and Europe and judging by the steady verve, one would have thought they’d soon run out of the best and thus start featuring mediocre line-up but this has not been the case with Botswana’s grandest musical gathering, which has rightfully claimed its coveted spot as one of Africa’s top 10 music festivals.
This past weekend, revellers from every nook and cranny of Botswana as well as neighbouring countries including South Africa refused to be cowed by the barbaric wind and freezing temperatures brought on by a cold front in South Africa – which hit towns and cities across RSA, averaging five to six degrees.
Some brave Batswana even shunned a wintry outfit for their nights out – opting for their typical party glad rags including skirts, heels and thin tops.
Typical of boMoghel (colloquial word for slay queens) – women who wants to choke everyone else with how beautiful and cool they are. The slay queens party hard and have their makeup intact all the time.
Quite noticeable at this year’s GIMC was the alluring fashions as scantily-clad partygoers displayed high spirits as they hit the National Stadium to celebrate the culmination of the week-long GIMC activities.
Short skirts and glittery outfits were the order of business at the National Stadium, as lasses on lashes kept the party going.
Gaborone’s highly anticipated GIMC festival saw the likes of South African DJ Duo & Producers; Saubomb, Lady Zamar, Dramaboi, Sjava, DJ Chrispin the Drummer, Jam-I, Somizi, Apollo Diablo, LaTimmy, German Dollar, Vee, Robin and Brando, Sadie Dikgaka, Master KG, Nasty C, Prince Kaybee and Leungo Andre Pitse light up the public sports ground.
The nearly sold out event is Botswana’s biggest music event where some of the world’s greatest DJs play against the background of Gaborone’s iconic stadium. The festivities continued into the night despite the weather with revellers posting their antics on social media.
The GIMC has brought to the Botswana shores big industry names such as Music Soulchild, DJ Fresh, Black Coffee, Rick Ricky, Jonathan Butler and Cassper Nyovest just to name a few.
Batswana and other nationals from neighbouring countries have fallen in love with the GIMC brainwave religiously following and partaking in its weeklong activities with no qualms whatsoever and even remaining oblivious to the price tag.
Offering revellers a sundry of activities such as theatre, comedy, music festival, poetry, choral, jazz and musical workshops; the GIMC has become a beacon of hope to Botswana’s fledging music industry.
Dubbed as Botswana’s grandest gathering, the GIMC is ranked amongst the top 10 music festivals in Africa.