Sefhako born in Molepolole, a passionate poet is a formidable force in the cultural sector. The term “cultural activist” appears to fall far short of adequately describing what Sefhako has achieved in terms of developing, lifting and promoting the various Batswana cultural, audio and visual arts over several decades.
Best known for establishing Ditholwana Cultural Ensemble which associated with the dizzy heights of cultural artistic performance locally and internationally- through their numerous global tours, awards and successes. She started off as a Primary School teacher who had great interest in 4B, the traditional arts performance extracurricular activity in schools; her schools excelled and she eventually decided to focus on what she loves best, promoting culture.
Ditholwana took Botswana by storm in the mid-1990s with their repertoire of colorful performances encompassing the music and dance from many local tribes. The “starburst” nature of their arrival on the local scene was proved by their international tours including countries like Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, USA and South Africa- during which they picked up several awards and also conducted workshops for fellow traditional musos.
Led by Sefhako, the group continued to climb the scales internationally, receiving one of their biggest honors with an invitation to perform at 2010’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Dance groups mushroomed all over the country in varying degrees, eager to emulate the Ditholwana success.
Beyond Ditholwana, Sefhako has successfully developed and launched the Molaletsa cultural village, which offers visitors a variety of cultural activities and traditional foods for a more holistic Botswana experience. With Sefhako and her group having created demand for traditional music, the international community began eagerly keeping an eye to the ground for the latest from Botswana. Today, shrewd entrepreneurs are pioneering cultural tourism as a more sustainable alternative to Safari and Okavango Delta- based activities, leveraging off the international goodwill generated by Sefhako and Ditholwana.
“I love going on tour with my group, it opens them to many opportunities.” Sefhako
Molaya Kgosi Team