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The organiser of Hamptons Jazz Festival, Debbie Smith has allayed fears of the Hamptons Jazz Festival not happening by stating that the show is set to take place on March 24 as stipulated.

Addressing the media recently, Debbie said they were still engaging with relevant authorities to sort out the issue of the permit that allows them to have the show until 6am the next morning.

'Initially we applied for a permit with the Bye-Law office on February 5 and it was approved on February 9. After that, we got a call to tell us that our permit to have the show until 6am the next morning had been revoked and I must say it was a massive shock to us. We were then referred to the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) for assistance, but they also referred us back to the bye-law office and we have been given verbal assurances that our show will go on as scheduled,' she said.

She indicated that after they got the permit to have the event until 6am the following morning, they then looked to increase the number of local artistes in the line-up.

'We should also note that we did this after the permit came out and also MYSC approved their funding for us and we thought why not give more of our artists a chance to impress,' said Smith.

She said everything was in order for the festival and all the big artistes had been paid.

Smith also noted that they have managed to secure four hectares of land that would be used as a parking area for revellers and that 25 security guards would man the parking area.

Further, speaking on logistics for the event, Smith said they were looking to have not more than 200 people in the VIP section.

'The last time we had too many people and we are looking to do things differently this year. The VIP area will be manned by Avani as they will be providing food and manpower to make sure things run smoothly. Media will also have the chance to interview the artistes as we will also have a media lounge,' said Smith.

With a line up boasting and headlined by UKs Billy Ocean, Mali's Salif Keita and South Africa's Amanda Black and Zahara; the line-up is a mixture of top international acts.

Other artistes that have been billed to appear are Lesotho's Bhudazza as well as South African brother and sister duo, Nathi and Amanda Makanyi.

On the local front Botswana is set to be represented by jazz maestros in Socca Moruakgomo, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Thabang Gaorogwe, Shanti Lo, Thato Jessica, Ndingo Johwa and A.T.I.

'We have also decided to have an all local MC line up with the ever so suave Resego Motlhokathari, the bubbly Zenzele Hirschfeld and the witty Losika Seboni,' she said.

Speaking on tickets and specials for the show, Debbie said currently there is a couples' ticket promotion, which retails for P899, and admits two people and comes with two t-shirts.

'This special is valid until end of February. Normal tickets are P599 with no merchandise and those that want a VIP experience will part with P3 500.

The VIP experience includes welcome beverages, food by Avani Gaborone Resort and Casino chefs, drinks vouchers, chocolate fountain, Hamptons t-shirt or fedora hat, Hamptons goody back, Moet glass and the opportunity to meet and greet celebrity artistes,' she said.

She also noted that early bird tickets that went for P399 were been sold out.

Smith encouraged people to get tickets early and not wait for the last minute.

Tickets are available at Avani Gaborone Resort and Casino, Liquoramas countrywide, and Engen shops as well as online at

People can follow updates about the festival on Facebook (Hamptons Jazz Festival Gaborone), Twitter (@hamptonsjazz05), Instagram (@hamptonsjazzfestgaborone) and Hamptons hotline +267 73612961.

One of the sponsors of the event, Masego Matsila, country manager of SA Express in Botswana said they would be responsible for flying in international artistes billed for the Hamptons.

She said their partnership with the Hamptons Jazz Festival was an ideal developments that was set to benefit both parties.

'We want to partner with such entities that would help us and expose us to more customers and grow us in the process.

We also want to see the Hamptons Jazz Festival growing into one of the biggest and best entertainment events in Africa and the world,' she said.

Matsila also indicated that SA Express was looking to have a five-year partnership with the Hamptons Jazz Festival.
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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Mar 4, 2018
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