#ArtisticFridays Hanging with The Freakazoids

At this years Fete De La Musique, we bumped into a fairly odd dance group, a team of 5 hip hop dancing men more known as The Freakazoids. I took a moment with them backstage after their performance to speaking with them on the untapped market of dance in the African industry.

Fete De La Musique is a festival celebrated worldwide and Africa is one of the partakers. IN your opinion, how significant is the role of this event to the dance culture in this country and Africa by extension?

Fete de la Musique is quite a prominent event and given its stretch worldwide it gives all those practicing performing arts, a platform and opportunity to be heard and seen. Botswana is still a few steps behind in the arts and entertainment scene especially in the dance culture, therefore we as dancers seize this platform to create awareness and as a time to express ourselves.

Fete de la Musique is quite a prominent event and given its stretch worldwide it gives all those practicing performing arts, a platform and opportunity to be heard and seen. Botswana is still a few steps behind in the arts and entertainment scene especially in the dance culture, therefore we as dancers seize this platform to create awareness and as a time to express ourselves.

Looking at this years theme and incorporation of French artists at the festival, does the French culture carry impact to you in your art?

In our experience on this festival, this year’s theme had more essence of the foreign culture, giving us a more defined taste. We are now inspired to create more concepts displaying multicultural art . It has without doubt made an impact, which is a positive- thing for us FREAKAZOID as it helps us grow more, offsetting us from the mainstream (hiphop) form which has always been our aim, to be unique and great.

Dance is a form of expressive communication through music as a tool, what are your hopes on boosting the dance culture in Botswana?

Our dream is to one day have this country (Botswana) in a state where dance is no longer just entertainment but a positive lifestyle. We have realized that our people need to be taught what dance really is, what its benefits are and if ideas generated are feasible. To achieve that we are raising awareness with all mediums at our disposal e.g. dance-workshops, edutainment gigs as well as our local media. The vision is to have a FREAKNATION, a nation of people with different backgrounds but brought together by the idea of dance and executing it in the everyday lives.