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Kgalagadi Soul to tour SADC region PDF Print E-mail

Kgalagadi Soul is a collaboration of three top artists who got together in a bid to share what their individual countries has to offer to the world. Mumba Yachi (UN Ambassador for Gender Equality) Mumba Yachi-Kantemya NteymaSereetsi (Four-time BOMU awards winner) Seeretsi & The Natives - Robete Live and Austebza (Musical Director of Feather Awards 2016) Aus Tebza - EPK have in their own rights and space acquired a wealth of experience wowing their fans all over the world on big and small stages. Kgalagadi Soul will share a bit of what they have released individually in their repetoir performed together using one band for one full and hot set. It is a MUST for many big festivals and small venue stages. Kgalagadi Soul Tour 2017 wishes for platforms in various countries where they can do workshops at music institutions as well as visit orphanages to inspire the needy. We are happy to collaborate with festivals in this course.

Kgalagadi Soul’s backing band will comprise of musicians from Congo (Nseka Bienvenu - lead-guitar), South Africa (Bokang Kupi - keyboards), Zimbabwe (Leroy Nyoni - drums) as well as the USA (Terry Lewis - saxophone) which makes this tour a strong collaborative affair.

Music Workshops

Kgalagadi Soul will be doing workshops during the tour in cities they will be performing at to share their knowledge with young and aspiring musicians. The one-day workshops will be structured in this way:

Sereetsi (Botswana) whose 83 page four string folk guitar instructional book/CD has been approved by Botswana Education Ministry to be taught in schools, will be leading the workshops. He will be teaching the technique of playing a modern guitar on four strings. A tradition originally used by herdboys on a self-made tin guitar.

Mumba Yachi (Zambia) will be sharing his experiences in the international music business scene.


Austebza (South Africa) will also share her experiences as a performer, a session musician and a bandleader as a woman in the tough music industry.

Kgalagadi Soul will rehearse and perform for the first time together towards the end of March as the tour commences.

Tour dates to be announced soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 
BakTu Musik signs multi-award winning Berlin based singer/songwriter, KILEZA PDF Print E-mail

KILEZA is a South African born singer/songwriter who calls the world home. Kileza was named Kgomotso Tsatsi by her parents whose roots stem from a rural village in Kuruman called GaSehunelo in the Northern Cape. A year long negotiation process saw KILEZA signing with BakTu Musik with the hope of touring South Africa for more performances while she will also be getting a chance to visit her parents and relatives in Johannesburg.

KILEZA started off her music career by entering the SA Idols competition where she reached the top 6 finalists. After reaching such a milestone in the SA Idols in 2003, KG (now KILEZA) went on to live and perform in Argentina, Canada, South Africa and now Germany, she is a musical nomad, and a talented vocalist with a mellifluous timbre; quickly making an impression on the German musical landscape.

Kileza then moved to Berlin where she had the privilege of performing in some of the city’s greatest venues including the A-Trane and the Berlin Philharmoniker. She's toured and performed with some of Germany's finest acts including live performance with the "Kelvin Sholar Trio" at Jazz Festival Accra, Ghana. She also sang live with Marcia Barrett of Boney M. She also performed with Andrej Hermlin (2011), Mic Donet and Ivy Quainoo of "The Voice of Germany" and Fantastichen Vier for MTV Unplugged in 2012.
 

KILEZA introduced her name in the Canadian music scene by winning the Waterloo Idols in 2005 as well as reaching the (2007) Top 20 finalists stage of the USA World Showcase out of 40,000 contestants. Whilst in Canada, she won (2008) production and radio contests with The Beat 91.5 in Kitchener and Flow 93.5 Toronto's most popular urban station. KILEZA also won (2006) Talent Rock winner of Acting Competition. In 2007 KILEZA won the “Rhythm of the Future” contest and was selected for "Honey Jam" concert; the stomping grounds of Canadian artist Nelly Furtado. The year 2008 also saw KILEZA winning awards in international songwriting competitions such as the "100% music songwriting contest”.

 
Namibian RFI-France 2012 Award winner, Elemotho to perform in South Africa… Again! PDF Print E-mail

Elemotho is the first Namibian musician to win the RFI-France 24 Discoveries Awards- 2012, among a list of more than 500 African, Indian and Pacific artists. With a third album to his name, Ke Nako (its time), this hard working artist has taken his new sound of the Kalahari everywhere from Accra, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Antananarivo, Khartoum, Cotonou to name some of the cities Elemotho has crazed with his powerful and poetic presence. The year 2014 found Elemotho headlining Charlie Guillet Stage at WOMAD UK, in July, making a crowd of more than 12,000 people jive to his tunes.

Elemotho is now billed to share the stage with yet great South African musicians like McCoy Mrubata, Zahara, Nathi, Stimela, Selaelo Selota, Letta Mbulu, Blue Chili, Ndingo Johwa from Botswana among others at the inaugural Kgalagadi Jazz Festival In Kuruman. The event is to be held on Easter Saturday 26th March at Wrenchville Stadium.

Elemotho was headlining the Windhoek Jazz Festival in 2013 where he also shared the stage with South Africa’s Hugh Masekela and Zahara. The same year saw his song Kgalanamib! being chosen as the theme song for Namibia’s Adventure Tourism Summit 2013.

Having successfully presented his 3rd album, Ke Nako, to African audiences, Elemotho is ready to take his new sounds further, where you will embark on a journey:“that musically invokes the spirit of the Kalahari” (Uganda Daily Monitor, Uganda), “A smile that never leaves your face and a dose of inspired and generous music” ( toutelaculture, France).

 
Sereetsi & the Natives Tours South Africa PDF Print E-mail

Sereetsi & the Natives has announced a tour of South Africa beginning August 12th 2016 to September 6th that will see the band playing a number of dates in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Mafikeng and Pietermaritzburg.   

“This is part of our greater plan to grow our footprint internationally. We have just returned from an outing with Namibian world music star, Elemotho, on July 9th 2016 at Windhoek’s Warehouse Theatre. The tour is a continuation of efforts to share the Natives rhythms with the rest of the world,” says Sereetsi.

Thetour makes for cultural exchange too as it features musos from four countries - Botswana, US, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The personnel for the tour is Sereetsi on four string guitar and lead vocals, US born Terry Lewis on alto saxophone, young and dynamic Zimbabwean Leroy Nyoni on drums and vocals and the South African well travelled bassist Thabang Phora.

“We are going to play over 9 shows in South Africa. We want to make the tour an annual one, which will include other countries going forward,” says Sereetsi.

The singer/songwriter who is also the author of the groundbreaking instructional book/CD, The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana, says the tour is at the moment an entirely self-funded effort.

“We would like any support we can get, be it inviting your South African friends to check us out at a venue near them or spreading the word on social media. We welcome support from the private sector to help us with the costs of the tour,” he says.

Sereetsi & the Natives has already played three big festivals in South Africa – The Calabash in Durban, Mahika Mahikeng Jazz Fest in Mafikeng and the Kgalagadi Jazz festival in Kuruman.

The act is one of the most popular in Botswana with a number of hits from its critically acclaimed 2015 debut, Four String Confessions, such as ‘Robete’, ‘Thaa Kokome’ and ‘Ke Boletsa Mongwe’ on regular rotation on radio. Its sound combines Botswana rhythms and verse with influences such as jazz and folk rock.

 
BakTu Musik captures Botswana’s folk guitar sensation... PDF Print E-mail

Tomeletso Sereetsi and his band The Natives, performing as Sereetsi & The Natives produces a refreshing definitive reference in the contemporisation of folk music in Botswana and a unique voice in the World Music arena. The band starts a year by “officially” entering a South African market in joining a South African booking agency, BakTu Musik. 

Sereetsi & The Natives have already performed in South Africa at the inaugural Mahika Mahikeng Jazz festival and the Cultural Calabash Fest in Durban.

Sereetsi is considered a pioneer on the cultural landscape in Botswana. His 83 page guitar instructional book/CD on the local folk guitar tradition entitled The Solo Four String Guitar of Botswana is a groundbreaking first. He continues to present workshops on the folk guitar tradition in Botswana and internationally.

The act's strong songwriting and performance in its debut album, Four String Confessions (May 2015), presents a fearless sound that blends traditional Botswana rhythms with Western influences, all built around the signature sound and tradition of the four string folk guitar.

The album has yielded a number of radio staples in Robete, Thaa Kokome, Ngwana'Ngu Wa Enda and Ke Boletsa Mongwe.

Only a few months after the release of Four String Confessions, the act has already shared the stage with established names like Oliver Mtukudzi, Caiphus Semenya, Jaziel Brothers, Letta Mbulu and McCoy Mrubata.

Sereetsi & the Natives has also collaborated on a recording and stage performance with US jazz band, Anthony Stanco and the Crucial Elements.

This is in addition to a busy festival and corporate gig schedule in Botswana. Among festivals Sereetsi & the Natives has played in Botswana are the Maun International Arts Festival, The Hamptons International Jazz Festival and the President’s Concert.

 
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