Kwaito lovers are in for a treat with the launch of the first annual ‘Waar Was Jy Kwaito Festival’ slated for the Fairgrounds Back Parking Area on the 31st of October. The festival will feature Kwaito greats of the yesteryears such as Arthur Mafokate, Thebe, Kabelo, Ishmael, Mapetla and Mzambiya just to name a few.
With over five thousand tickets sold thus far, the hype around the city has notched up with the festival date drawing near. Adding to the excitement is the inclusion in the line-up of Arthur’s son, Arthur Junior “AJ” who has been largely tipped to follow in his father’s footsteps despite being a disc jockey.
“We are very excited to host this young man who has been making waves in the South African music industy. He will bring something quite different to the show because he is still finding his way in the music industry. He recently released a hit single, This Time which is getting massive airplay in South African radio stations. So, we expect him to light up the show,” said event organizer, Lecco Kenosi.
Kenosi also revealed that the main concept behind the festival is to revamp Kwaito in Botswana because other genres are overshadowing it. “This is the first time in a long time in Botswana to have Kwaito heavyweights perform at one one event which makes this festival one of a kind. Batswana have responded well and we have sold over 5000 tickets in just two weeks which shows that Kwaito still has a large fan base in Botswana. We hope that this festival will revive the spirit of Kwaito locally,” he explained.
Furthermore, Kenosi assured people that security at the festival will be of the highest standard as they have engaged various security companies and the Botswana Police to ensure safety of spectators at the event. “The gates will be open at 1600 hrs and it is our priority that people are safe. We have about 425 guards from various security companies, along with dogs, horses and cars to assist. The tickets are sold at Liquorama stores across the country so I urge all the Kwaito lovers to purchase them as early as possible to avoid disappointment because they are selling fast,” he concluded.
Normal Ticket: P150
Entrance at the Gate: P200
VIP: 450 (Including drinks)