This past Friday; South African award-winning songstress, Bulelwa Mkutukana better known by her stage name Zahara alongside Canadian-based Botswana Afro-pop soloist, Trinity Mpho proved that those who pull in the same direction can achieve anything. Performing live at this year’s last but one customary Mascom Live Sessions hosted by Botswana Craft, the duo supported by peppy dancers and backup singers exuded sheer energy throughout their spirited renditions.
Year in, year out, Botswana Craft under the guidance of Ollie Groth invests its energies on a mission to uncover some of the finest arts and culture talent thus giving the copious Botswana world music followers something to write home about.
We think we can all agree that anyone who is willing to put the country’s needs first is doing great work, and they should be allowed to do this for as long as they are productive, right? As with previous Mascom Live Sessions gigs, the past Friday’s get-together was truly lit as it continued its quest to live up to people’s expectations courtesy of its live music and energetic performances.
Despite opening up Friday night’s performances, the Canadian-based Trinity should not in the longest time be mistaken for a curtain-raiser.
His closet is also shining and bedecked with several awards, which include World Music Artist of the year 2015, AE Awards, Canada, Best African Style Artist, Black Canadian Awards, 2015, World Music Artist of the year, 2016, TIMA, Toronto, Canada, Award of excellence, 2016, ABERDOC Awards, Canada, Best Male Artist, 2016, Album of the year 2016, Best Collaboration 2016 from Botswana Musicians Union Music Awards (BOMU) respectively.
What we like about the Mascom Live Sessions is simply the fact that the contemporary adult event is always organized with extremely high-level execution. We like the fact that when the organizers set the time for 8pm, it’s all systems go on the clock without any hassles. We were utterly blown away by Trinity’s ingenious motorbike stunt on stage, a spectacular act, which we later learnt was the artist’s solemn tribute to all the fallen Botswana music heroes.
“Let’s all pay tribute to our fallen heroes,” he said curtly, donning an African print inspired chemise, all hands draped in Black biker-inspired leather gloves.
Botswana recently lost a music legend in Soares Katumbela, and Trinity was amongst the mourners who performed alongside the Re Batswana ensemble as a tribute to the fallen soldier during a memorial service held at Botswana Craft. On Friday night the Mmadinare-born star performed all his hits including Gwela, Theolang and Dintwa to the delight of his fans.
Up next was Zahara as her declared sentiments “stars are born in November” echoed throughout her performance. Not only did Zahara perform on the late Brenda Fassie’s birthday (November 3rd), the award-winning singer was also born this month (November 9th). During her Friday night’s performance, Zahara went down memory lane resurrecting the spirit of the late MaBrr – the Queen of African pop, often referred to as The Black Madonna.
The singer whose latest album, Mgodi was recently certified gold within hours of its release sung the late star’ hits as if they were her own to a point of being emotional on stage as tears welled up her glinting eyes.
The East London born musician also thanked her Botswana fans for their utmost support. Her latest studio album, Mgodi sold 16, 700 physical copies and hundreds of digital copies within the first 24 hours of its release.
“Thank you once again for bringing me back, it is because of your support that my latest offering has gone platinum,” said an emotional Zahara.
As it has now become customary with all her Botswana Craft performances, Zahara concluded her lit act by inviting all the energetic fans to sing and dance along to her renditions whilst extending generous hugs to a few too.