After recently leaving some footprints in Alliance Françoise, in Toronto with their amazing performances, the two singer are poised to thrill revelers tonight as part of the build up to Botswana’s 50th Independence Anniversary. The concert has been organised by the Botswana High Commission (BHC), in collaboration with Sunita Cables and Warehouse Theatre. “We are celebrating the life of a legend, the late Jackson Kaujeua Snr. He might have gone, but his legacy survives him. Why, because of the beautiful songs and melodies he left us, who will ever forget “The wind of Change” or “!hubu !gubus”. More so, he also left behind much more than we expected, a son, Jackson Kaujeua Jnr, who will keep the legacy going,” organisers announced in a media release.
Banjo Mosele, a renowned jazz legend from Kanye, southern Botswana, is a gift to the world of music. He started his music career in the mid 70’s as a band member of the Incrowds, a popular youth band and the first recording band in the country.
He got his big break when he caught the attention of South African Jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, during a tour to Botswana in the early 1980s, resulting in him joining Masekela’s band, Kalahari. The band included some of South African exiled musicians such as Jonas Gwangwa, Bheki Mseleku, Barney Rachabane and Denis Mpale.
Banjo Mosele featured on Hugh’s three successful albums, and has recorded and performed with him worldwide. He studied music at London’s Goldsmiths College where upon completion, formed his own band, Bushmen Don’t Surf, which has performed at some of the big festivals in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe. His solo debut album, Badisa, was released in 2003, followed by, Moving on in 2005; Now -a- Days in 2008, Across the Equator in 2011 and The Collection in 2014.
Banjo’s biggest hit song, Ncha ejele nchanyana, earned him recognition and two awards namely, Song of the Year and Best Video with the Botswana Musician Union Awards (BMUA) in 2009. He has also worked and collaborated with; Japanese Jazz legend, Sadao Watanabe; Sanjally Jorbateh of the Gambia; Linda Mpale of South Africa Knut Rissnaes in Norway and Matts Dasco in the United State (US). He is also the director at Ever Green Music Company.
With big shoes to fill, Jackson Kaujeua Jnr is a gift to a nation. His lyrics for The wind of change has spoken again as it did many years ago…“The wind of change sweeping across the African Continent….Amandla Awetu, Viva Africa and Aluta Continua.” He is believed to be keeping his father’s legacy alive while building his own. Jackson Kaujeua Jnr was born in exile in Angola and spent his youth in several countries such as Angola, Zambia and Tanzania. His father was one of the best known musicians from Namibia. He sang famous songs for the liberation of Namibia into independence in 1990. From his childhood Jackson Kaujeua Jnr sang and composed songs with his father. The senior Namibian music legend passed on in May 2010.
According to organisers, to top it up, the two pioneers of music will be joined by one of Botswana’s traditional groups, Mafitlhakgosi. The group is expected to offer traditional facets of Botswana’s traditional dance culture, and than change into Jazz, to assuage jazz lovers. Tickets for the concert are selling for N$150 at the Warehouse Theatre and the doors open at seven O’clock in the evening.