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June 1, 2004

Botswana Daily News

Tebelopele Testing Centre in Gaborone will be temporarily under siege on Saturday as the 15 member Botswana Boys Top Ten acapella harmony choir descend on it to undergo HIV/AIDS testing. The group leader Tshotlego Sepako says in a statement that as role models to other youths they decided to test as a group because it would have more impact and encourage other youth groups in the country to emulate them.

Sepako says their decision to test was also part of the group's response to President Festus Mogae's call encouraging Batswana to know their HIV status. "We want to demonstrate to President Mogae that as the group and youth of Botswana we have heard his call," he says, noting that some of the group members hold influential positions in certain organisations, hence they would be exemplary to their people.

Botswana Boys Top Ten was formed in Gaborone in 1985 with the main objective of promoting and contributing to the development of music, art and culture preservation in the country. It was also established to mould young Batswana to appreciate the importance of music in their lives and as a means of entertainment as well as cultural enrichment and preservation. The group sings among others hymns, wedding songs and Setswana traditional songs of all occasions enriched with vernacular maxims and proverbs.

Posted by acapnews at June 1, 2004 9:51 PM

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