By Tlamelo El Ramodisa
When the crowd screamed “ga re tsamaye rona, re robala mo!” they weren’t kidding; two straight days of pure fun, like they say on the streets of GC, “re aikgasa!” When we checked in at the Mmopane Farm just outside Gabs on Saturday afternoon, the place looked so deserted one would have thought the show was destined to flop. Fast forward 6 hours to around 8pm and HHP was on stage doing it like a boss, leaving the crowd buzzing like a swarm of bees.
He went through a couple of hit singles from his abundant discography as the largely sober crowd sang along. When he dished out his current hit, Bosso KeMang the crowd went berserk, and set the mood for the following two days! The line up was so star-studded we could fill a page just name-dropping, but what won the nights were House music groups. The sound could have been better, largely because the stage was downwind. But the beat went on.
Black Motion closed the first day of the extravaganza. The house duo was on stage just as the sun was rising and for a full two hours, they spoke the language of bass and drums to the hearts of house junkies. Nobody does it better than these guys. When they played Mala le Mogodu, the now liquored-up crowd cheered on like they were watching a spinning car with the driver standing beside it.
Sunday started off slow, with activities like Spin City’s car spinning keeping the crowd entertained while we waited for the fun to re-begin. And when it did, the likes of Black Coffee, Big Nuz and Ricky Lamar killed it. When the sun rose, it found Liquideep on stage, tearing it up with a live guitar that had the crowd in a frenzy!
“That song whch makes u wan get drunk rytaway! #via orlandomaan!imfilin dizzy” posted Pato Sugar Mongwaketse. Throughout out the festival, the song that’s currently driving every one crazy, Dj Mahoota and Vetkoek ft Dr Malinga’s Via Orlando, kept coming back again and again, and the crowd would go wild like they just heard it for the first time.
Organized by Dladleng Entertainment and Lovesoul SA, the first of its kind festival in Botswana left many lost for words. “Kebo Lil Wayne, Apricot, Le bo Lil Dee, whoooo Mázphuzeni” sang Khumo Apricot Shadrack “Oh, what a blast I had, I’d gladly pay P400 for this kind of entertainment.” She went on, replacing the lyrics from Big Nuz’s Stingray with her name and that of her friends in a way that only a happy soul would.
“We need more of these shows” said Tshepo Lil Dee Monnaesi, “They should bring it back soon.”