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I was a border jumper: Nyathi


GABORONE — Popular poet Albert Nyathi, just returned from a Europe tour, has declared that he enjoys touring Botswana more than he savoured his recent sojourn.

Report by Mmegi

“I’m so excited because once upon a time I was a border jumper — in 1976 as a very young boy, so Botswana is my second home.”

“I have been touring the world as it were, but coming to Botswana is more exciting for me than going to London,” Nyathi told Mmegi in a telephone interview.

This year’s edition of the Goledzwa Tour where Nyathi will feature prominently kicks off at Shumba Lodge next Monday.
On Christmas Day they will be in Domboshaba before heading to Crossroads on Boxing Day.

Prominent Botswana musician Ndingo Johwa, who just returned from East London, South Africa, where he performed at the Buyel’Ekhaya festival, is elated about Nyathi’s involvement in his tour.

“It’s really exciting to have Albert join me this time. It gives a fresh breath to the concept and I know people will enjoy it,” Johwa said.

Nyathi has previously performed in Gaborone and is convinced he will feel much more at home in the northern part of the country, which is closer to his home village.

“With the very little SeTswana I know, I know I will feel at home.
“I actually come from a village near the border, so Botswana is home to me. Again, Ndingo is a good friend of mine and I feel it is a privilege to join him for his tour.”

Nyathi said he is also close friends with female poet, Berry Heart and they were both on the United Nations Artistes’ Advisory Council.
“I represent Zimbabwe and she represents Botswana,” he said.

The poet is famed for his hit single Senzeni Na which was composed following the assassination of Chris Hani in South Africa. The rhythmical poetry and song made huge impact in South Africa.

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