Seteka Sola - traditional musician
In the year one thousand nine hundred and fifty nine, a boy was born in the village of Shrobe to the East of Maun. The boy grew well and with a singing mother, music featured in the boys life from a very early age, in fact by the time he was 8 years old he was playing a home made guitar, much to the amusement of friend and family all of whom said he was crazy.
After some years with that home made guitar our boy from the swamp became ‘our man from the swamp’ non other than ‘Seteka Sola’ a household name in Southern Africa whenever traditional music is mentioned. To date Seteka has recorded 8 albums and travels far to obtain the quality recordings he insists on. Seteka’s music career has not gone without recognition and many awards have been bestowed him both locally and international, including Botswana’s ‘best music award’ for his incredible album ‘Mmamelodi’.
Our man from the swamps is certainly at his best when performing live, a one-man-band, hitting the base, rhythm, percussion and lead with remarkable natural skill, he has recently returned from a gig in Germany where he was playing to celebrate the opening of Botswana’s new embassy. ‘I like German red wine because my Black Lable wasn’t there! A self confessed lover of music and all things related he is currently working on his next masterpiece, following his passion and the influences of modern-day Africa, not ever forgetting is mothers melodies.
Stuart James Arnold