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Shakawe with Dennis Mpale

A work made of screenprint in black and brown on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of screenprint in black and brown on white wove paper.

Date:

1983

Artist:

Thamsanqa (Thami) Mnyele
South African, 1948-1985

About this artwork

After studying music in New York, trombonist Jonas Gwangwa settled in Gaborone and started the band Shakawe in the early 1980s. The lineup included other accomplished Medu musicians—Tony Cedras, Steve Dyer, and Dennis Mpale—and a changing roster of Botswana artists.

Posters like this one were routinely distributed across Gaborone to advertise Shakawe’s weekend gigs at the city’s famed Club 500, where the band performed an Afro-fusion repertoire to large crowds. According to Medu member and music historian Gwen Ansell, Shakawe “realized the Medu vision of working collaboratively with local players and creating a sound that drew on Setswana traditions alongside Johannesburg and New York modernity.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Thamsanqa (Thami) Mnyele

Title

Shakawe with Dennis Mpale

Place

South Africa (Artist's nationality:)

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1983

Medium

Screenprint in black and brown on white wove paper

Dimensions

61 × 43 cm (24 1/16 × 16 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Artworkers Retirement Society

Reference Number

2018.498

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