28 December 2012

Zambia: Tse Tilodi Spices Up Chillers Club

SEVERAL revelers and lovers of traditional music in Kitwe during the festive period flocked to Chillers Club where they were treated to a series of rare performances by the Tse Tilodi an out-fit from Botswana.

Despite stories of the Tse Tilodi having come out in dribs and drabs like rare rain in their country, the group has defied all odds

by fielding a strong 18-member team, as they performed Phathis dance in style.

The group has been in Zambia for the past few weeks to stage some live performances during the festive period.

Botswana is one country which has strived to maintain and invest in its own traditional culture where traditional dancers have been making frequent trips around the continent and abroad on their wave of performances.

The Tswana cultural group displays its indigenious culture as a way of fending off foreign cultural domination.

This is because globalisation has taken a toll on many developing countries mostly, attacking Africans who have weak mindsets.

The group said in Kitwe that true African culture was vital to the development of the continent but was saddened that some government officials still scorn their culture of origin.

The group which is visiting Kitwe, for the very first time expressed an interest to continue with their escapedes of playing traditional music as well as dressing which was unique on the continent.

On Chrismas Day the cultural group during their live performances sang songs from their latest album Sechaba dumela, Ga kena sepa, Bo-malome, U we, Moya Waka, Makgaola, Aye uwe and Tse tilodi to the delight of traditional music lovers.

The group will show-case its graceful dance moves and antics when they share the stage with the Chillers Band and South African based songbird Ginna Hidie, who will be having her first live performance at the club.

"Our own culture should be respected and it is the responsibility of Africans to do so," the group asserts.

The Botswana dance musical group, has been performing at the club since their arrival last week, stunning audiences with their traditional moves.

"We want to give Zambian fans the living picture of AFRICAN culture that it is becoming internationally recognised and loved, which invites every nation and country to build up its own form of culture.

They are led by Bonnie, Emma , Lebo and their musical theme is on tradition and HIV / AIDS awareness.

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