Anyone who still underrates Maun, truly needs to eat a life-sized humble pie. This place, often referred to as the main gateway to the Okavango Delta truly knows how to throw a party and this became vividly apparent at the 2nd annual Monate Ko Motjing aptly tagged #BlameThePromoter bash held at the Maun Sports Complex on Saturday, 30th December 2017. The music festival organised by Medumo Entertainment, and proudly sponsored by Orange Botswana and Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) – through one of its brands, Castle Lite was truly a jump.
Headlined by the legendary South African mix-master, DJ Ganyani and the blazing new kid on the block, Prince Kaybee alongside a host of Botswana talented musicians and disc jockeys among them Han-C, Ban-T, Vee, ATI, Cue, Gouveia, Team Distant, Kast, Cupid, Mapetla, Root and Colastraw, the ‘party until you drop’ festival got off to a flying start when Botswana’s blue-eyed boy and multitalented rapper Atlasaone Molemogi popularly known as ATI spit his lyrical verses hovering atop the Maun stadium in a chartered helicopter.
Revellers went on a highly-spirited musical rage as the ‘Khiring Khorong’ hit maker performed from above the Maun skies. Although, his performance was brief, the 28-year-old Serowe native continues to demonstrate that he is plausibly in a league of his own, making his nemesis and cronies alike play a game of unceasing catch-up.
He’s an epitome of ‘You Can Be Anything’ – if you put your heart, mind and soul to it. Saved from his own skin, by both his devoted manager, Lloyd Totego and enthusiastic mentor, Kesego Kebelaele-Okie, ATI is riding on the crest of a wave with the acclaimed success of his latest album, ‘Envelope’.
The Botswana rapper has now become famous for his eccentric performances which include mimicking the rising dead by appearing on stage in a closed casket, to dropping from the sky on a crane at the recent St. Louis Fresh festival held at Duma FM Grounds and just recently building a mock-up house on stage in Maun (Fresh Fest) in sync with his “Koko-Koko Re Bulele” stanza.
Performing over the Maun atmospheres on a helicopter was just an icing on the cake of his many revered unconventional recitals.
Up next was DJ Fondo Fire, who unleashed an inspired House music set setting the mood right for Maun revellers who streamed gently into the vast venue.
It wasn’t long until Botswana’s pint-sized crooner, Han-C jumped on stage clad on a simple White “Mau ka Munatyi” T-shirt alongside his versatile manager and mix-master, DJ Boogie Sid. The “Sedi Laaka” hit maker took turns serenading the copious Maun crowd singing songs from his latest offering and club-banger titled “On My Own”, sending the already inebriated crowd into uncontrollable musical hysterics.
This boy is sheer talent! Officially known as Hanceford Magapatona, Han-C is truly a testament of the adage ‘dynamite comes in small packages.’ Throughout his performance, revellers were utterly blown away, with some wondering how a miniature character such Han-C can pack such a powerful punch (voice).
Raising the bar and the mood one notch higher was the legendary, RSA’s DJ Ganyani making everyone, young and old dance the night away unperturbed. Ganyani’s one hour musical set cemented the adage that, ‘like good vintage wine, everything truly matures with time!”
He was truly unforgiving on the decks, his carefully selected tracks sending Maun revellers in a frenzied bemusement. Maun being Botswana’s primary tourism hub, it was truly befitting to host such a seasoned mix-master, thus making him see the sights of our pristine vast land.
Another dope performance came from musician and DJ, Prince Kaybee who thrilled the filled-to-capacity Maun stadium with an eclectic mix of House music beats in signature Prince Kabelo style.
The super-rocking Mzansi DJ was also unforgiving on the decks, unleashing hot and sizzling tunes throughout his set to the delight of the already well-oiled Maun masses who danced the rainy night away. Kabelo Motsamai, better known as Prince Kaybee, is not only a House DJ but a music producer of soulful sound as well.
From the time he jumped on the #MonatekoMotjing stage until he stepped down amid annoying sound interruptions, the Charlotte hitmaker let loose his A-game making everyone eat out of his versatile musical palm.
Prince Kaybee, whose debut album “Better Days” went Gold and was also awarded Best Dance Album at the MMA15 held in Durban, South Africa was truly a marvel to watch and listen to. Team Distant, Kast of #TlatsaLebala fame, the ever-energetic Vee Mampeezy, Ban-T and one of Botswana’s talented female mix masters, DJ Cupid also shone on stage.
We also enjoyed the pure talents of Gouveia, Mapetla, Benny T, Skizoh, Root, Nix, Maximum, T.H.A.B.O, Rraagwe Thinana, Black Prince and Bashin among others.
This was truly a stellar event, full of swing, spark and joy. Thank you to the people of Maun for the overwhelming support and the decorous behaviour as no unpleasant skirmishes were recorded on the night. Until the next #MonateKoMotjing, we love you Maun!