The Midweek Sun


Koolkat, Stiga Sola, Charma Gal to perform this weekend at Nkashi Classic 2023


The annual Nkashi Classic 2023 will finally take place this Saturday, with local heavy weights sharing the stage.

The renowned Koolkat Motyiko of ‘Seronga’ fame, four-string guitar legend Stiga Sola and the singing sensation Charma Gal will be performing alongside each other at this year’s event hosted by the Botswana Wild Bird Trust (BWBT) in Maun, at Sedia Hotel.

Nkashi Classic is a mokoro (dugout canoe) race that started back in 2018 in Maun. The aim of this event is to create awareness of the importance of the Okavango Delta river system and to honour the traditiona­l heritage of the indigenous people living along and utilizing the system.

Storytelli­ng Manager at National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project also National Geographic Explorer, Thalefang Charles told

Vibe that the highly anticipate­d Nkashi Classic 2023, comes after the release of the award winning film Nkashi: Race for the Okavango, and has attracted many polers this year. “It has attracted polers from across the Okavango and beyond to showcase their skills, determinat­ion, and dedication to be crowned ‘Okavango Delta’s Fastest Poler’,” he said, adding that Nkashi Classic blends the thrill of sports, the richness of cultural heritage, and the spirit of community in a unique and unforgetta­ble experience along the Thamalakan­e River.

“The event will serve as a platform to honour and embrace Botswana’s diverse cultural heritage through music performanc­es, arts and crafts exhibition­s,” he added. He also emphasized that BWBT will also be hosting an Edutent with virtual reality headsets, a virtual Nkashi Classic game, as well as conservati­on education talks during the fun filled family event.

Koolkat Motyiko is excited for this opportunit­y and told Vibe that attendants at the event should expect a performanc­e like no other from him as he will be performing with dancers on stage for the first time. “I usually perform on my own but this time around I have a surprise,” he said, noting that he is happy for this opportunit­y as he joined the music industry with the vision of composing music with native languages in Botswana and take it to the world.

“Being a Performer at this year’s Nkashi Classic marks as a celebratio­n in that regard for me. It is privilege to be sharing my live with the community of Maun who watched me starting from selling My CDs in Maun infront of shops and selling merchandis­e to finance my music,” he said. “My performanc­e will mark a celebratio­n of the progress I have made thus far, as well as the unending support I have received from Batswana and several organisati­ons,” he said, adding that he cannot wait to share the stage with Stiga Sola and Charma Gal as they are some of the biggest artistes in the country.

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