High School Steelpan Ensemble
Botswana, Africa - Rainbow High School Steelpan Ensemble hit the road
recently with its mokojumbies (stilt walkers) in trail in their début
performance at the 2005 edition of “Fete de la Musique”.
The event saw Botswana join over one hundred (100) other countries
worldwide in celebration.
The musical extravaganza hosted by Alliance Francaise and the French
Embassy was held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone. Excerpts were carried
live on local radio Gabz FM.
Rainbow with its group of enthusiastic and vibrant pannists and
mokojumbies wowed the audience with their carnival type entry to the
stage – dramatic, rhythmic and colourful.
to Sashi Jaddoo, chief organizer, “besides being an international
success this social phenomenon promotes democratization of the access
to artistic and cultural endeavours.
There were over two dozen or so groups with around 280 artists
performing. These, apart from Rainbow High School included – Koitrans,
Extra Melody, Letsatsi Dance Theatre, Cuban tropical Dancers, Masilo &
Abraxas, Duncan Senyatso, Gaborone Music Society, Mogwana traditional
Dancers among others.
Hollis J. Clifton
July 18, 2005 -