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Kgatleng choirs’ rivalry heightens

The annual Kgatleng dikhwaere festivities once again drew pleasing crowds to Mmakgomo grounds where the hosts Mmakgomo Dinare entertained their fierce rivals Sedibelo choir.

The meeting between the two which started midnight on Christmas day lasted the entire Boxing Day with no sign of fatigue as the fight for bragging rights took centre stage.

Without any shadow of doubt Bakgatla’s alertness to prevailing societal issues is top class, and they have also perfected the art of mocking rival choirs with crude vocabulary fine-tuned for any audience.

The content repertoire for the songs is quite varied with the themes ranging from community issues such as social ills, the good and the evil or just plain satire or direct scorn to a rival choir.

Sedibelo threw in the first jab with a rather rhetoric statement “Letlhakola ha le eshwa le rora batsadi ba Mmakgomo le kae?” making allegations of internal quarrels at their rival choir’s leadership.

They sang beautifully, making disdainful gestures towards their opponents much to the delight of the crowd that had come to witness the clash.

In one of the songs “Re lebile Lesotho ka nama ya nare,” Sedibelo tried to discredit their rival’s totem, the buffalo.

The hosts immediately hit back with tracks such as Matlhogojane, Sebata and O tsene gare ga naka tsa nare.

The two choir’s response to each other’s jab was quite entertaining.

One remembers the popular Segametsi Mogomotsi song which was an instant hit in the early 90s after the infamous murder of a Radikolo Junior Secondary School student for alleged ritual purposes.

Another song which became a household hit was Saddam Hussein, a song composed after the 1998 United States and United Kingdom military insurgence on Iraq code named Operation Desert Fox, whose primary aim was to degrade Saddam Hussein’s ability to make and to use weapons of mass destruction.

During the Christmas season Bakgatla, who have popularised the concept of dikhwaere, are known to travel to places such as Mabolaelong, Monametsana, Makgatlheng, Dipowaneng and Mmakgomo amongst others for this joyous occasion.

The Kgatleng choir fixtures are segregated into the super league, first division all the way down to the fourth division.

Fierce battle lines are usually drawn between traditional rivals Sedibelo, Rangers, Marena of Mosomane and Tloutsoga from Lelotong.

Other interesting fixtures comprise of SK Seshoboloko and also True Fighters from Monametsana.ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Baleseng Batlotleng

Location : Mmakgomo

Event : Kgatleng dikhwaere

Date : Dec 28 Thu,2017

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