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The Hamptons Trudges On

The Hamptons Trudges On
March 07
10:16 2018


Despite having their ‘daylight to sunrise’ plan changed due to a permit revocation, jazz festival ‘The Hamptons’ will showcase its fifth installment as scheduled on March 24th at Duma FM Grounds. This was affirmed by the leading lady herself, Debbie Smith, at a press conference held at Avani Hotel recently.

As one of the few female promoters in the country, Smith together with her team Star Ngwenya and Daphne Makabe show resilience in dealing with a challenging, volatile entertainment industry with restricting laws.

“Our show will go on as planned. I am happy to announce that through the support of our partners, we have managed to pay most artists performing be it in full or deposits depending on the contractual agreement.  We had planned for the show to culminate at 6am the next day, and we hope this does not affect local artists lined up to grace the stage,” said Smith.

Some of the international acts to look forward to include headliner Billy Ocean, Salif Keita, Nathi and Amanda Black. Local artists performing on the day comprise of Nnunu Ramogotsi, ATI, Ndingo Johwa, Shanti Lo, Thato Jessica, Socca Moruakgomo, DJ Jazzy Pete and DJ Bush.

She added; “We have received a 5-year sponsorship with SA Express. We have also engaged the residents of Gaborone North with regard to parking and noise. There is a resident who is sick and we have approached them to possibly accommodate them at Avani on the day of the event. We hope for this festival to run smoothly and benefit everyone involved.”

The festival is said to have cost an estimated P4.5 million. “The promotion business is not for the faint hearted. We encountered snags along the way but we are determined to make this the biggest jazz festival in Botswana and beyond the border,” she noted.

Tickets are on sale for P899 for couples, P599 for a normal ticket while VVIP costs P3500.

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