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Gaborone International Jazz Festival to lighten up GC

The 4th of April 2015 will see Gaborone hosting yet another jazz festival dubbed the first ever Gaborone International Jazz Festival (GIJF), under the slogan #jazzonthelawn at the Serokolwane Lawns which is approximately 18 km from Taung flyover north of Gaborone, from morning till late.

According to the founder of the festival Lesedi Rakhudu, the festival will be held each year around the Easter Holiday and was conceived with the notion to not only add to the enrichment of Botswana's entertainment industry but also to speak to the country's economic diversification initiatives within the arts and culture sphere.

"We believe that this Jazz Festival will highlight Botswana as one of Africa's entertainment destinations also adding to the country's tourism strategy,"added Rakhudu.

She said "This immediately presents Gaborone with an opportunity to showcase its ability to host cosmopolitan events and upgrade its status as a tourist destination of choice, by extension, the show will tremendously add value to the services market, hospitality industry and the arts and culture communities in general."

Rakhudu revealed that the festival promises a jam packed experience with local, regional and international artists. She said that the local artists that will be performing at the festival include Shanti Lo, Mpho Sebina, Nnnunu Ramogotsi and Punah Gabasiane.

"South Africa will be represented by Lady Smith Black Mambazo, who will be the festival headliner and HHP, Jimmy Dludlu from Mozambique, Louis Mhlanga from Zimbabwe and Atjazz from Europe," added Rakhudu, saying a wild card will be announced in due course.

Rakhudu noted that jazz lovers can expect an eclectic selection of jazz music, saying that most of the artists on their lineup have performed internationally some headlining shows in areas they were contracted.

"We are pleased that we have brought them together to perform at one show, we have a legendary acoustic vocal, guitar heroes and Botswana's most colourful, explosive musicians," Rakhudu said.

She highlighted that they have brought to Batswana a production of a fusion of progressive electronic jazz, hip hop, funk, soul and beloved African melodies. "Gaborone will certainly be the City to be on the 4th April 2015!"

Rakhudu revealed that they have at the moment secured partnerships with Native Outdoor, Sunday Standard and Paper Chase and they will continue to inform the public of other sponsors as they continue to come onboard.

She explained that tickets for the festival can be bought via Computicket and its outlets Shoprite and Checkers. She noted that GIJF Team will also be selling tickets from its office in Commerce Park, Plot 104, Unit 10.

General tickets can be bought for P400.00 and VIP Lounge tickets can be bought for P1500.00.  GIJF will be running an early bird promotion costing P350.00 and P1300.00 for the General and VIP tickets respectively.

She said packages in the VIP Lounge will include a coupon for a 3 course meal, Bar tab of P200 per person and a VIP parking.

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