Khama love story to light up cin­ema

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THE movie is a grip­ping true love story prov­ing for the umpteenth time that once Cu­pid shoots the ar­row, no ob­sta­cles, no mat­ter how fierce, can stop the union of love.

Set in Eng­land and Botswana in the 1940s to the 60s, the movie re­lives the for­bid­den ro­mance and later suc­cess­ful mar­riage be­tween Seretse Khama, a man who rose among his Bang­wato na­tion (in north­east­ern Botswana) to be­come his coun­try’s first demo­crat­i­cally elected pres­i­dent in 1966.

Schooled at one of the top col­leges in Lon­don, Khama meets and falls head over heels in love with a young English typ­ist and a whirl­wind ro­mance en­sues with both fam­i­lies de­ter­mined to put an end to it.

Khama re­turns to his vil­lage in Serowe with his white wife Ruth Wil­lams-Khama by his side, to the cha­grin of his re­gent un­cle and the na­tion be­ing torn apart.

Khama shakes the po­lit­i­cal estab­lish­ment, caus­ing con­flict be­tween Eng­land and its colonies South Africa and Rhode­sia (Zim­babwe), as the rush by English prospec­tors for di­a­monds and gold be­gins in earnest in south­ern Africa.

De­spite be­ing ban­ished to Lon­don, with his preg­nant wife left in Serowe, his king­ship’s unan­i­mously vote by show of hands for him to as­cend the throne as the Bang­wato king.

It is a heart­break­ing love story that will hold cin­ema­go­ers spell­bound, but is also told with a tinge of hu­mour.

The cin­e­matog­ra­phy set­ting and back­drop scenes of both Lon­don and Serowe are aes­thetic and do jus­tice to the film’s ro­man­tic theme.

My only gripe was that Hol­ly­wood star David Oyelowo, who plays the lead­ing role of Khama, sheds a tear at the drop of the hat in the movie. Not to men­tion his west African ac­cent, it takes away ev­ery­thing from Batswana.

I can­not imag­ine the real Khama be­ing a cry­baby; he was known to be a strong­willed and brave man. Per­haps the pro­duc­ers know some­thing we do not.

Be­yond that, the movie boasts a great cast in­clud­ing Rosamund Pike as Lady Ruth Khama; Terry Pheto as Naledi Khama (sis­ter); Vusi Kunene as Tshekedi Khama (un­cle); Abena Ayivor as Ella Khama, Tshekedi’s wife; and Don­ald Molosi as Ka­belo. opens at cin­e­mas coun­try­wide on De­cem­ber 9. DREAMS usu­ally ma­te­ri­alise when they are driven by pas­sion.

Back in the day, fam­i­lies had ex­pec­ta­tions of tra­di­tional ca­reers when chil­dren were grow­ing up. One was ex­pected to be a lawyer, a doc­tor, an engi­neer or a teacher and so on.

How­ever, for some peo­ple, fol­low­ing one’s own path is what drives pas­sion to be­come a means of earn­ing a liv­ing.

Jolondy Ja­cobs, a 24-year-old mu­sic new­comer, is one of the young up­com­ing artists who be­lieves his pas­sion for mu­sic will touch hearts and help him reach his dream of be­com­ing a well-known mu­si­cian.

The East Rand-born mu­si­cian says he grew up watch­ing his fa­ther play­ing gui­tar.

My fa­ther used to play the gui­tar and I would sit down and lis­ten to him while singing some songs. From those mo­ments, my fa­ther en­cour­aged me to pur­sue singing,” says Ja­cobs.

He says he also sang in pri­mary school and the way peo­ple re­sponded to his mu­sic con­vinced him to take his pas­sion for mu­sic se­ri­ously.

Ja­cobs has now re­leased R&B bal­lad fea­tur­ing the hit maker Fi­esta Black on vo­cals. The song will be a hit if given a plat­form and has al­ready won the hearts of Lim­popo mu­sic fans as he sings about a girl from the province who he met on In­sta­gram and fell in love with.

I usu­ally sing about real-life ex­pe­ri­ences. It makes sense to lis­ten­ers be­cause your song com­mu­ni­cates a mes­sage not far­ther from their lives,” says Ja­cobs, whose voice car­ries raw tal­ent.

He says even though he has worked with some of the in­dus­try’s kings, he just thinks there are not enough plat­forms for up­com­ing artists.

I’m very ex­cited about the SABC’s 90% lo­cal mu­sic [quota], but we still don’t have plat­forms to show­case our songs.”

Ja­cobs says if the in­dus­try is open for new artists, then we won’t have to lis­ten to the same peo­ple all the time. The coun­try has a lot of tal­ent, but all we need is a chance to show­case it”. Ja­cobs got a big break dur­ing his per­for­mance at

on SABC1, where he met Lance Stehr, the king­maker of Ghetto Ruff/Mutha­land fame, eight years ago.

That is when some of the doors opened for me. Stehr be­lieved in me and en­cour­aged me through­out my strug­gle as an artist, and most big mu­si­cians don’t un­der­stand that we need them to be­lieve in us.”

He has also worked with big artists like Em­tee, Red But­ton and Maraza.

He says his mu­sic is R&B gang­ster, and with this genre as he reaches out to young and old.

Ja­cobs is cur­rently do­ing live per­for­mances at park pic­nics and per­form­ing in night clubs.

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