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Pan At Botswana Independence

On September 30, Botswana celebrated 37 years of independence from Great Britain. The audience was entertained to some two to three hours of the usual pomp and ceremony which included military displays, a fly-past, traditional dancing and singing, the oral tradition, marimbas among others.

 

This year, however, there was an extra treat with the appearance of the Marang Junior Secondary School. Two (2) years ago the students made a surprise showing with a startling display of moko jumbies (stilt walkers/dancers) at the national stadium. This time, however, they went one step further. Apart from the thirty odd moko jumbies they danced to their own rhythm of the steelband which their fellow students carried around their necks just for the occasion.

 

Thanks to their teacher - Hollis Clifton - who brought the instruments all the way from Trinidad and Tobago, the birth place of pan - the only musical instrument to have been invented since the last century.
 
 

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