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GIMC 2018 prepares a ‘colourful’ comeback

GIMC 2018 prepares a ‘colourful’ comeback
June 06
07:44 2018

THATO CHUMA

Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) is yet again on the cards, in defiance of the dark cloud that follows it after a life was lost at last year’s instalment. Slated to begin September 1st, the seven day event, curated by Fish Pabalinga of Leapfrog Advertising, covers most performative genres such as poetry, choral, jazz, theatre, a champagne picnic and music festival,

Pabalinga recently revealed that: “This year is definitely bigger and much more colourful in terms of line-up and acts. We have started hinting at what people can expect, such as South African celebrities like Somizi, Sjava and Lady Zamar at the music festival, and prolific US soul singer Musiq Soulchild headlining the jazz event.”

“We are also excited and thankful that the government has permitted the use of the stadium for the use of festivals,” said Pabalinga, reacting to Minister Thapelo Olopeng’s announcement made last week.

What is lodged in many people’s memories remains last year’s unfortunate incident where a young lady lost her life, but Pabalinga says this should not overshadow their efforts to improve as they have learned from it. “This year, we are doubling our efforts to ensure people have nothing but great, safe fun. There will be no bottles allowed into the music festival, police have been engaged to assist in proceedings and there will be a metal detector to ensure that no one is a threat to anyone.” Pabalinga adds that people who come should be those who want to have nothing but a great, fun experience.

Local artists expected to make appearances include, ATI, Motlha, Mpho Sebina, Sereetsi and the Natives, Han-C, Dj Boogie Sid, Apollo Diablo and others who will continue to be unveiled. “We make sure to cover all genres, and this event is the only one that brings together over 50 artists,” Pabalinga says.

A creative workshop for about a 100 musicians will also be held, despite Pabalinga’s reservations that they are not well attended. “After announcing that we aren’t going forward with the workshop because of low attendance, someone inboxed me to express that we carry on with it. We now have a mailing list of those interested and we look forward to them participating.”

Pabalinga also indicated the impact they have on small businesses and the business community. “Our music festival is one of the biggest calendar events yearly, and we engage local businesses to provide collaterals. We see this as a way of diversifying the economy for those who need the upliftment.”

Ticket sales to the various events will be announced in the near future.

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