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The Battle of divas juxtaposes music and fashion

Botswana’s most celebrated theatre personality and creative director, Aldo Brincat is busy at work assembling some of Botswana’s finest musical talent for his new and upcoming production aptly entitled ‘Battling the Divas’. The two-day extravaganza is expected to bring down the roof at Westwood International School on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June, where music and fashion will be a core duet.

According to Aldo, ‘Battling the Divas’ pits our local songbirds, against legends such as Aretha, Whitney, Beyonce, Celine, Christina, Toni, Jennifer and many more, all of whose names we know.

Aldo Brincat

Quizzed about this production Brincat commented: “I have always wanted to create a musical theatre that focuses on the beauty and power of the female voice. Battling the Divas is a production that celebrates the skill, vocal dexterity and athletic power needed to deliver some of the greatest songs in recent history. After years of searching, I have found the talent I am looking for, right here in Botswana, and we are finally ready to go!”

Furthermore, Brincat noted that, “The great power songs of recent history hit all listeners hard with their vocal power, sentimental lyrics, and romantic music arrangements. We want a show that puts all those elements LIVE on a stage for all to see and hear. I can guarantee you that audiences will be impressed and moved by this sophisticated and polished production.”

Another objective espoused by Brincat, he said is to encourage and help develop Botswana’s vocal talent, especially – but not limited to that of young women as well as to give ladies and other youths a platform from which to display and promote that talent.

“An important aspect is that the music list is not restricted to any one genre, but does require very high levels of skill as well as physical strength for correct delivery.”

However, one thing note though is that the show, ‘Battling the Divas’, is restricted to adults only.

“There are to be no distractions from the magic on stage for both the performers as well as the audience. We will be working very hard for 75 minutes to ensure your favourite anthems are rendered with respect, power and tenderness just the way you know them in your heart,” added Aldo.

There will also be a few surprises for the audience.

“Suffice is to say that audiences will be delighted by the innovative way the show is presented. While it will be sophisticated, it will encompass very glamorous, elegant elements from a glittering wardrobe featuring top Botswana designer creations, to special lighting. The show will attempt to breathe fresh life and wonder into these already iconic songs. There are pieces to cater to more than one generation of music lovers.”

According to the organisers, some of Botswana’s leading vocalists have been assembled for this extravaganza.

“These are not simply women who sing for fun, or at church on a Sunday but artists who are highly capable and respected in the music industry, both locally and abroad, due to their incredible vocal prowess.”

The talented cast: the vocal power of a trio of ladies will be showcased –

Vivien Dakpo
Closet diva, nature lover and consumer of all things artistic, Vivien D transforms from corporate businesswoman into a soul singer at the drop of a hat.

Tebogo “Debbie with a ‘T’” Gaetsewe, the pint-sized diva with the larger than life voice has been performing for longer than she has been able to walk. If music be the food of love, play on.

Lebo Genheimer, aka Elté
An independent Contemporary Urban R&B recording artist who also has a BA in Live Performance, majored in Screen Acting. Singer, songwriter and storyteller through her music; it’s full of emotion, it’s reflective and she is all about empowering women.

The audience must come and see for themselves how the battle unfolds! And then choose the victors….

Mothusi iZaura Lesolle

They will also be treated to the visual pleasure of glamorous gowns, coordinated by Mothusi Lesolle and designed by Mothusi Lesolle for IZAURA, Lame Chilume for SWITCH COUTURE and Kaone Moremong for  HOUSE OF KAY.

Kaone Moremong – House of Kay (C) and twin sisters; Kealeboga Sebolai and Molebogeng Malomo –Mollz and Kellz

The Musical Director, Leroy Nyoni will also be on the drums with Thatayaone Mike Mokgatitswane on Bass Guitar, Nnete Lubinda on Keyboards; and sound engineer is Maleho Makgothi. Tickets sell for P150.

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