In Botswana, fame and fortune of heavy metal rock bands grows online during pandemic

COTS AND INTERNET CONNECTION

Despite the benefits of going online during the pandemic, Marok members lamented that more than half of Botswana’s population does not have internet access and that many foreigners have no idea where they are. where is the country.

“There is a talent for metal here, but a lot of people don’t even know where Botswana is,” said Nikki Mokalake, 38, a metal fan from a village an hour outside of Gaborone.

Many of the instruments they use are not available in Botswana, Mosaka said. He said it can take three to four years for band members to save enough money to import them.

The lockdown last year was a particularly difficult time, Beats said.

“It was tough but the online videos cheered us up,” he said, adding that one of his group’s videos had reached nearly half a million people and their Facebook followers were from 700 to almost 6,000.

Mosaka stopped by a metal workshop in Gaborone where another rocker named King Taker works, soldering under a large skull he erected above his workshop to let fellow metal fans know that they are welcome.

“The lockdown was brutal,” he said, adjusting his black face mask bearing a white skull and crossbones.

“But groups like Overthrust fought to get by. Metalheads in rural areas and fans around the world have connected. The internet has put us on the map we belong to, ”he said.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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