11th Annual Fête de la Musique

The 11th Fete de la Musique was held this past weekend at Botswana Craft in Gaborone. It was my first time attending this event though it has been going strong for some time. Therefore, I wasn’t sure what to expect or whether I’d enjoy myself at all but I went with an open mind.

Entrance was free but you had to have the flier below to get in.

FINAL-FLYER-FM-2013-PX500jpgNo flier, no entrance. Unfortunately once you left you couldn’t get back in unless you purchased a multiple entry band for 10 Pula. The venue was divided into two areas: food, drinks and a sitting space on one side, the stage and field on the other. IMG_4110IMG_4111 IMG_4112 IMG_4115 IMG_4117It was very well controlled and organised, at least from the view of a spectator. There weren’t too many people inside so you didn’t feel as though you’d get robbed every 5 seconds. There was also a good mix of nationalities and ages in the audience.

My only perceived failures of the event were that they didn’t provide extra toilets (the queue for the only toilet for the ladies was ridiculously long), they didn’t provide enough trash bins and they provided chairs for the audience.IMG_4119 IMG_4190 Chairs at a music festival are a no-no I think. It made the audience lazy and less interactive with the afternoon performers. When the sun began to go down people did eventually begin to inch closer to the stage closing the huge gap that had been created by the chairs earlier in the day.

The line up of performers was very well done, they mixed up the genres so there was something for everyone. We enjoyed some country music, hard rock, R&B, reggae, afrobeat, hiphop, jazz and many more.

The afternoon's MCs
The afternoon’s MCs
The flash mob

IMG_4126 IMG_4181Everyone from the toddlers had a great time dancing to some of the live music. In addition to singers, we were also treated to dance performances. During the afternoon a break-dancer fascinated the audience and a flash mob pleasantly caught us off guard.IMG_4140 IMG_4131 In the early evening a foursome of jazz dancers stepped to “All that jazz” from the musical “Chicago” and much later a contemporary dance group took the stage.IMG_4271 IMG_4287 IMG_4293

Highlights for me were a jazz singer whose name has slipped my mind and she was backed by a band that played impeccably, the hip-hop performances by Khwezi and Miles among others, the Rainbow school band which had us shuffling in the dust, Concrete village band which brought some energy and the jazz dancers.IMG_4251 IMG_4281 ??????????????????????????????? IMG_4295

The audience was just as entertaining with lots of people taking the opportunity to wear their funkiest outfits, it was a bloggers dream! Some seemed to miss the “music festival memo” and came looking too formal. Wearing heels on a dusty field is probably not a good idea.I caught some of my favorites below.

I was unable to stay for the whole evening show and wish I could have! I think the show was a great success, exposed people to many great local acts and next year I will definitely be there as should you!

Enjoy more pictures below.

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