GABORONE, BOTSWANA — If the more than 5, 000 MTN Joyous Celebration (JC) fans that attended last year’s edition of the annual Life Changing Concert (LCC) hosted by Braveheart are anything to go by surely, surely this year’s edition promises to be even bigger and better. Yesterday (Thursday), Managing Director of Braveheart, Joe Manuel told the media that this year’s show has been slated for the UB Indoor Sports Arena on August 24th.
Manuel explained that the venue can only accommodate a maximum 5 500 sitting hence meticulous planning will be put in place to make sure things run seamless with no hiccups.
“This year’s edition is going to change lives. Last year we had a group from Zimbabwe and our patrons have since asked us to have more local acts included in the line-up. We take their concerns very serious hence why this year we are going to make sure this concert is one of a kind. It’s a huge platform with a big crowd. We are still scouting for local artists and professionalism is our primary objective because we are dealing with a group that has been recording for 23 years so everything should be above board,” said Manuel.
However, Manuel said they have decided to retain last year’s director of ceremonies, Tshenolo Mosimane as he last had even the Joyous Celebration Director, Lindelani Mkhize applauding his talent. Popularly known for his back up artistry along artists such as Nono Siile, Mosimane commanded the fully packed UB arena to the merriment of Gospel fans.
“We have identified (Tshenolo) Mosimane. Mkhize even asked where we unearthed such talent and requested for more from the young lad. He commanded the crowd very well. So for that, we had to bring him back again by popular demand. His life has never been the same since then and that’s what this concert aims at doing. His ratings have even skyrocketed,” said Manuel.
Furthermore Manuel promised the MTN JC fanatics that the South African based gospel group will bring all its 145 members, comprising the choir, wardrobe and technical crew. He said one of the JC master singer, Jabu Hlongwane who did not travel to Gaborone last year due to a health scare has since indicated that he is now fit as fiddle and raring to come to the Botswana carnival.
“Last year Jabu didn’t come with the choir but he has promised to repay Botswana a favor. JC records every year so they will give us new and fresh sound. So rest assured they are bringing something fresh. They are sending some of the choir members together with Mkhize to Botswana by end of June to scan the ground ahead of their August performance,” said Manuel.
The MTN JC is expected to arrive a day before their festival subsequent to motorcades, mall activations as well as various meet and greet in Gaborone. Manuel further emphasized that ticket are selling and encouraged patrons to buy them in advance to avoid disappointments. Last year around 500 people had to return home at the gate as the show was sold out.
“We have divided our tickets in categories as silver, gold and VIP. However, we have introduced reserved ticket format where patrons who buy in advance with webticket can select their seats based on their availability. The first day we opened we sold over 1000 and this is testimony of the demand for the show,” he concluded.
Doors are expected to be open from 230pm with the show starting at 530pm until 1am.Among the LCC partners include Mercedes-Benz, Webtickets, H20 and The Voice newspaper.