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Shortstraw released Bowsie recently as the 5th song from their Those Meddling Kids Collective. The song Bowsie is all about Bowser, front man Alastair’s beloved part Rottweiler, part Labrador who passed away earlier this year while the band was on tour in Europe.

From the start, Alastair’s love for his dogs led to the use and mention of dogs in so many aspects of the band’s image and creative output. For many years they practiced at Alastair’s house, and so the dogs were a big part of their lives. Alastair never got to say goodbye to Bowsie, so now a few months after her passing, she gets honoured with a song about her and the loss felt now that she’s gone.

“Bowsie is signature to Shortstraw in the sense that our same energetic spirit is felt throughout the song. Even though the context has the potential to be saddening, the song is upbeat and strong.”

“Bowsie” launched The Bowsie Foundation, an initiative set up by the band as a means to support animal charities in South Africa. The aim of the foundation is for the band to do their part in making sure animal charities out there can receive whatever money and aid they can give them. The band often gets asked to do charity shows, and wish they could do them all. Instead, with starting their own foundation, and their annual Mandelapalooza, they can rather focus their efforts on making sure the charities they believe in receive the right funding, and that they know they are doing everything in their power to make a difference.

You need to get involved with the #BowsieChallenge! Montego stepped up to donate dog food to The Bowsie Foundation and will be donating R1 for every view of the Bowsie video received within 15 days, up to R15 000. Let’s band together and share the video!

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