Jazz 105 eyes Botswana

HARARE - Prominent Zimbabwean music promoter Josh Hozheri has been invited to launch Jazz 105 in Botswana later this year following the closure of the iconic Harare entertainment venue a couple of months ago.

Hozheri, who is now running Pamuzinda Highway X-Scape, told the Daily News that he was seriously considering the offer.

“Businessmen in Botswana have invited me to partner them in opening Jazz 105 there,” said the prominent entertainment businessman.

“The joint will be located at the Government Civic Centre in Gaborone and will be a replica of the Zimbabwean Jazz 105.”

Hozheri said the Tswana businessmen were impressed by the quality of his Jazz 105 brand which they think will be a unique addition to the Botswana entertainment industry.

“I was surprised when I received a call from one of the guys.  I felt very proud that what we were doing at Jazz 105 had gotten recognition beyond our borders,” he said.

Munyvze Ompehile, the leader of the Tswana businessmen keen to work with Hozheri, confirmed the development in a telephone interview.

“We are opening Jazz 105 Botswana because we also want to promote jazz music from this side,” said Ompehile.

“Actually, here in Botswana we do not have a joint which specialises in promoting jazz music like what is happening in Zimbabwe, therefore, this is going to be the first joint for jazz music here,” said.

Ompehile, who said he has diverse business interests in tourism, told the Daily News that they will begin operations on rented premises.

“We are serious in developing Jazz music in Botswana and because of that we don’t want to continue renting for a long time.  We will push to acquire our own place as soon as possible,” said Ompehile.

Hozheri, who is keen to revive the old Jazz 105 brand where rentals were reportedly hiked from $1 800 to $8 000, believes the Botswana operation will provide a platform to promote jazz artistes in both countries.

“We haven’t given up on Jazz 105. We are still negotiating with owners of the premises.  Chances are high that we are going to win the battle,” he said.

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