2016 first Mascom Live Sessions kicks off with Freshlyground
Mpho Sebina and Gaone Rantlhoiwa to curtain-raise
The Organizer of the Mascom Live Sessions, Oliver Groth says this years first show which is billed for 29 April will feature South African Afro fusion band Freshlyground, who will be perform alongside neo soul artist Mpho Sebina and house artist Gaone Rantlhoiwa.
Freshlyground is a multi racial pop band that is all about dance and fun, Mpho Sebina and Gaone Rantlhoiwa are the new voices currently making waves in the local music industry. Sebina brings in Soulful music while Rantlhoiwa is about Kalanga house music. What better way to start the first session of the year,he said.
Groth added that with the three artists they wanted to bring a combination of different sounds for their audience. Freshlyground, he says, is particularly loved by audiences in Botswana: The last time they performed here in 2013 the show was sold out and revelers were happy with their performance and we are happy to be bringing them back again this year. It would be their first show after their lead vocalist, Zola Maholas maternity leave, he said.
The group, which regularly tops the charts in South Africa and has been on world tours gained recognition with their song Waka Waka which was the 2010 World Cup games anthem as well as Doo Be Do which was the number one played song on radio from their album Nomvula. According to Groth the groups music has a multicultural appeal. People can relate to their music as their songs are mostly written in English, Xhosa and genres span from blues, jazz and traditional kwela, he added.
Songbirds, Sebina and Rantlhoiwa will be curtain-raising for Freshlyground. Sebinas first single and video, Loves Light was well received by her fans at the time of the release and Rantlhoiwas hit single Kopisa gained the number one spot in the UK on BBC1Xtra radio at the end of last 2015.
Tickets for the show are P200 each at Botswanacraft. The shows sponsors and partners are The Voice, The Botswana Gazette, Duma FM, Savanna, MI5 and Travelodge.