The Man with a dream

When it comes to local entertainment, The Gaborone International Music and Culture (GIMC) week is undoubtedly the busiest and biggest music event in the country.

The week-long festival is the brainchild of Thapelo Pabalinga, and represents his ambitious dream of putting Botswana on the world entertainment map.

Four years after its inception and it appears Pabalinga’s dream is fast becoming a reality – last year Africa.com featured GIMC as one of the continent’s top ten must-attend music festivals.

Although he is the face of GIMC, Pabalinga is also the Botswana Democratic Party’s (BDP) Communications and International Relations Chairperson. He is also the founder of Leapfrog, which has grown into one of Botswana’s leading advertising agencies.

In the build-up to GIMC, The Voice’s Sharon Mathala visited the pintsized man at his Leapfrog office in Main Mall, to learn a bit more about the individual who also trades by the name ‘Fish’.

However, before the interview starts, Pabalinga candidly explains, “Only the ladies call me fish!”

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