By Bakang Mhaladi
GABORONE– Botswana rapper, Kast is attempting a daring record of attracting 25,000-odd music fans for his much publicised Tlatsa Lebala (Fill-up the stadium) concert to be held at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Organisers are confident the local only line-up would be sufficient to tempt music fans to brave the plummeting winter temperatures and create history by occupying every seat at the National Stadium.
The facility is famous for hosting football, rather than music concerts. The music show was scheduled for last year May, but failed to take off owing to poor ticket sales although Kast claimed rain, which fell on the morning of the show, had affected his plans.
He postponed the show to a later date and had appeared off boil amid criticism from the public that he was taking people for granted. Kast had been inspired by South African, Casper Nyovest’s concept of filling up the 20,000 seater Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg.
Early this year, Kast said he was embarking on a 1,000km sponsored walk in order to raise awareness –and critically –funds to hold the show. Despite skepticism, Kast managed to walk from the resort town of Maun to Gaborone, but did not raise much, although there was a sharp spike in interest.
A fortnight ago, Kast announced the line-up for his show, which is exclusively made up of more than 52 local artists.
Local promoters have relied on the pulling power of South African artists to draw crowds but Kast believes home grown talent now carries sufficient gravitas to fill-up the stadium.
“We are ready and confident. We are putting final touches and over 10,000 tickets have been sold,” he said on Wednesday.
Botswana’s best known music export, Vee has pledged to perform free of charge and donated P40, 000 towards organizing the event.
Vee recently won a Metro award and his star continues to shine as he penetrates the regional market.
While Vee is expected to be the main draw card, the talented Charma Gal, one of Botswana’s best musicians, is not part of the line-up.
Charma Gal reportedly charges P30, 000 per show and Kast said the sum was prohibitive hence the reason to omit the Afro pop sensation.
Otherwise the usual local suspects, including rhumba star, Franco have agreed to perform, some without a charge.
The government has given Kast free use of the National Stadium, which normally costs in excess of P100, 000 in rental fee.