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Khoisan, Han C, Motlha shut down Maitisong!

The word ‘’butterfly’’ has been making headlines week-in-week-out in the country for quite a stretch now, and I can attest to that, these butterflies are not here to add numbers. So, please, allow me to borrow this word just for now.

So, these butterflies do not only possess some of the most striking colour displays found in nature, some have lots of coin in their bank accounts. As they fly from flower to flower gathering some cash, their brightly colored wings seem to shimmer and change colours before your eyes. A butterfly’s rich colour can act as camouflage, mate and money attraction and warning signal. It must be pretty imperturbable being a ‘butterfly’ in Botswana, as you can get rich instantly…I mean, your aristocracies will be out there perspiring for slight monies and you be there getting sums, just because of your gloss…or perhaps your colours! Incredible!

Well, some of these butterflies are in to do some toil. They get their different shades of brown and yellow from their talent, and in this regard being singing. This is the same flair that makes you contented, and that will definitely give you goosebumps. I know you there wondering what I am talking about, but you definitely know. Stop being hard to understand…we on this together and I got you. The most revered and equally talented young artistes in the country, Motlha, DoubleUp and Han C literally shut down Maitisong theatre in Maruapula at the much anticipated Khoisan goes Live event last week Friday.

Khoisan is a musical duo that has been in the industry for less than a year, but has been making strides, headlines and turning heads wherever they go. Initially, the group had five members and has now trimmed to just two, Oratile Kofa and Thabang Rasefako. Reasons for this peculiar split remain unknown, and it’s not only them, this year we saw yet another blue split from the biggest band in Botswana, Team Distant! Just like Khoisan, the group trimmed to only two members! I think we need to establish the cause of this…I mean, these kids are amazing when they are together, not that they are bad as duets, but I think it’s such an implausible thing to see them do what they do as a group.

Nevertheless, the event was mandated to premier the duo’s debut album that will be released on February 2020, while it will be still available for pre-orders on iTunes early next year. According to their manager, and Award-Winning producer, Roc Lefatshe Records owner Suffocate, the album has featured South African artist Bekezela and our very own Han C, who happens to be an award winner, year-in-year-out. Han C proved to be the best in this game, subsequently earning people’s trust and affection. He is indeed a butterfly, at least one that spreads its wings to get some coin.

‘’The album is coming on February 2020 and today’s even is to get to give you a feel of what it is about. We just want to keep you wait with anticipation, and I am confident that this album will be loved by many as it has all that you would want to hear beginning of the year, following a hectic festive season. The album has been complete for two months now so we just finished some logistical part of it, and we still polishing here and there so you get the best finished product’’ he said in an exclusive interview with Weekend Life on the side-lines of the occasion.

Acclaimed, inexhaustible and nifty vocalist Motlha presented a highly charged live performance at that night. He has been off-music circles for quite a stretch now, but I can confidently say he is back by popular demand. Even though performing live is quite daunting, he delivered nonetheless. Motlha might have been going through the gloomiest minute in his life, but the poor kid is a prodigious vocalist of all times. Everything about his performance went smoothly, his songs, sound and vocals were just on point.

When you have been doing this for so long it is easy to let your guard down, taking for granted that people know you can croon. But with Motlha, he gets better every time, musically, and the way he looks. He did not have a cracking voice, he did not forget his lyrics, it happens sometimes and he was composed. This butterfly is a sultry singer I am telling you.

Taking you down the memory lane, Motlha started his music career with My Star, a singing competition that has developed young singers into great artists they are today. Some of the efficacious artistes from the competition are Motlha, Amantle Brown, Motswafere, Kennedy Thal as well as Peach. These artists are winning awards every year, some are even living their lives outside the country, making ends meet through music.

Still at the Khoisan goes Live juncture, Hanceford Magapatona, popularly knows in the music scene as Han C conveyed, undeniably. His voice was fresh and flawless and completely heart melting…and when he went on stage with his beautifully crafted ‘Sedilaaka’ song, the crowd literally died. I am the crowd, I died too. I’m kidding! I am used to him doing this stuff. A 24-year Old’s Sedilaaka was released in 2015 and was at the top spot of local charts for over 21 weeks and is still most people’s favourite, he is another butterfly who knows his stuff. Butterflies know what they want in life, if it’s not some monies, it’s topping charts for weeks, consecutively. And that is quite interesting I must say!

Han C had the crowd moving to his hit song, Rejection and his performance was well planned, he went on without fault, and the band was efficient too. He had the gathering up on its feet dancing and singing along to his tunes, as he belted out soulful but upbeat songs. It was a whole show not to miss, and I am certainly not missing it again in 2020. I have been reliably informed that it will be going down next year.  This kid is the most listened to Motswana artist on iTunes and has the most viewership on YouTube, which is testament to the fact that he is a musical driving force in the country. Keep that up, Hanceford!

Fans are important assets to artist’s life; they contribute immensely to the development of an artist. I took to social media to see what they had to say about the show, I mean, they devoted their time to attend this event, even though it was pouring. Lizzy Molabi wrote ‘’This was a show and a half a billion more. I am so happy Khoisan…and it rained. You are blessed’’. For his part, Bon Candor shared ‘’Khoisan goes Live, thanks for the lovely night Suffocate’’. Another fan Amogelang Moatlhaping was too contented, ‘’What an amazing production this was, I am a happy fan’’

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TV Show explores Tswana culture

6th February 2024

Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo, a cultural exchange TV show, is set to ignite a genuine appreciation of diversity in Botswana and revitalize the country’s great tourism sector. In recent years, culture in Botswana has taken a backseat, leading to tribalism and narcissism that has caused division and resentment among different ethnic groups. However, a small group of individuals is determined to bring back the golden days of culture and restore unity among the people.

The TV show, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo, aims to shine a spotlight on the diverse ethnic groups in Botswana, such as Balete, Bangwaketse, Baherero, Bakalaka, Bangwato, Bayei, Basarwa, Bakwena, Batswapong, and Bakgatla. By showcasing the distinctive characteristics, age-old traditions, and deeply rooted values of these cultural groups, the program seeks to foster a broader understanding and appreciation for Botswana’s rich cultural tapestry.

Recognizing the pivotal role of culture in shaping human identity, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo aims to serve as a bridge across the cultural landscape. In an era of increasing global connectivity, the show believes that exposing individuals to different ethnic cultures can cultivate understanding, nurture respect, and ignite a genuine appreciation for diversity.

Beyond its entertainment value, the TV show holds substantial benefits for Botswana. It has the capacity to preserve the country’s unique heritage, traditions, and customs, contributing significantly to the nation’s sense of identity and pride. Moreover, the program’s portrayal of Botswana’s cultural richness is expected to attract tourists, invigorating the tourism sector and creating employment opportunities, thus bolstering the country’s economic landscape.

Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo also aims to be a catalyst for social cohesion, fostering unity among people from diverse backgrounds and promoting a deeper understanding of cultural diversity. By showcasing the beauty and richness of Botswana’s cultural heritage, the program seeks to bring people together and bridge the gaps that have been created by tribalism and narcissism.

The TV show is meticulously designed to captivate audiences interested in delving into the intricacies of ethnic cultures. With a commitment to both entertainment and education, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo will unfold over forty days, starting in October 2024, captivating viewers on TV networks and various social media platforms.

At the heart of the TV show are twenty individuals chosen to represent the cultural diversity in Botswana. The inclusion of two individuals with disabilities underscores the program’s commitment to inclusivity and aligns seamlessly with the country’s vision of promoting equal opportunities for all.

The selection process for participants involves public participation, with interested individuals casting their votes through service providers. This transparent and inclusive cultural affair ensures that the TV show truly represents the diverse cultural landscape of Botswana.

Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo sets out to revive culture in Botswana, ignite a genuine appreciation of diversity, and revitalize the tourism sector. By showcasing the unique heritage, traditions, and customs of different ethnic groups, the TV show aims to foster unity, understanding, and respect among the people of Botswana. With its potential to attract tourists and create employment opportunities, Logaga Lwa Ditiragalo holds great promise for the country’s cultural and economic landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be with Thabo on the 14th February

6th February 2024

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and love is in the air. It’s the perfect time to celebrate with heartwarming music, and “Ha Kena Le Thabo” by the Dalom Kids is the ultimate anthem for this special day. This catchy tune not only captures the essence of the season but also carries a powerful message that resonates with listeners.

The Dalom Kids have taken the spotlight with their latest remix hit song, and it’s no surprise why. Their music has stood the test of time, and their songs are loved today as much as they were loved two decades ago. They have found a way to revamp their music, aligning it with the current times, and their collaboration with Nkosazana daughter By Master KG SA Music last year is a testament to their dedication to empowering individuals during difficult times.

“Ha Kena Le Thabo” is a song that encourages listeners to express their heartfelt appreciation towards their loved ones. It serves as a reminder to acknowledge and celebrate the love and support we receive from those who are dear to us. In a world that often moves too quickly, it’s easy to forget the significance of love and companionship. However, the Dalom Kids’ music reminds us of the indispensability of gratitude and how it strengthens the bonds we share with our loved ones.

The Dalom Kids have made a name for themselves in the South African music scene, captivating audiences for several decades. Their unique blend of contemporary sounds and traditional influences has left an indelible mark on the industry. Their songs have always carried important messages, addressing topics such as love, unity, and resilience.

Formed in 1987 by the late Daniel Tshanda, the group consists of Jacqueline Rotwana, Petronella Rampou, and Magdeline Zungu. Together, they have created music that resonates with people from all walks of life. Their songs are not only catchy but also carry a deeper meaning, touching the hearts of listeners.

“Ha Kena Le Thabo” effortlessly fits into the pattern of the Dalom Kids’ music, reinforcing the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the love we have in our lives. It serves as a reminder to slow down and appreciate the love and support we receive from our loved ones. In a world that can often be chaotic and overwhelming, this song brings a sense of calm and gratitude.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, let the music of the Dalom Kids inspire you to express your love and appreciation for those who bring joy to your life. Let “Ha Kena Le Thabo” be the soundtrack to your celebrations, as you embrace the spirit of gratitude and affection that this season represents. Take a moment to reflect on the love you have in your life and let this song be a reminder of the importance of expressing that love to those who matter most.

In conclusion, “Ha Kena Le Thabo” by the Dalom Kids is the perfect anthem for Valentine’s Day. Its catchy tune and powerful message make it an ideal song to celebrate love and gratitude. Let this song inspire you to express your love and appreciation for those who bring joy to your life. As you celebrate this special day, let the music of the Dalom Kids be the soundtrack to your celebrations, reminding you of the importance of love and companionship.

 

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Miss Botswana in full swing

18th January 2024

The Miss Botswana pageant is in full swing, with the top 10 finalists working tirelessly to impress the judges and secure the coveted title. This week, the finalists have been busy with their Beauty-With-A-Purpose projects, a crucial component of the Miss World pageant. The spotlight is on these young women as they showcase their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

The Beauty-With-A-Purpose documentation week is a crucial moment for the finalists. They will be filmed as they present their projects to the judges and the audience, highlighting the impact they have had on their communities. This aspect of the competition is particularly important, as Miss World advocates for the wellbeing of children. Therefore, the projects should be aligned with this mission and demonstrate a genuine commitment to improving the lives of children.

Unfortunately, Botswana has never won the Beauty-With-A-Purpose competition at Miss World. This suggests that previous projects from Miss Botswana queens may not have been convincing enough or may not have met the criteria set by Miss World. It is crucial for the finalists to ensure that their projects are compelling and directly address the needs of children in their communities.

The top 10 finalists for Miss Botswana are Relebanye Bakane, Anicia Gaothusi, Halle Hirschfeld, Lorato Kgangyapelo, Sebaga Manyepetsa, Otshepo Nthonyana, Charmaine Reasentse, Lefika Tladi, Emma Tshisimogo, and Christina Vanstaden. These young women have shown great dedication and passion throughout the competition, and it is clear that they are determined to make a difference.

The Miss Botswana Organization has been proactive in ensuring that the pageant is inclusive and representative of the entire country. Auditions were held across the country, allowing Batswana from all regions to participate in the journey. Additionally, a mini fashion show and beauty showcase were organized to highlight the talents and beauty of the contestants.

The Miss Botswana pageant has been a major event in the country, with 34 episodes documenting the journey to finding the next queen. The Top 30 finalists were celebrated with a grand launch, and the plans for their journey were unveiled. The organization has spared no effort in ensuring that the pageant is a memorable and impactful experience for all involved.

The highly anticipated Miss Botswana Top 10 launch will take place next week. The reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo, will represent the country at the 71st edition of Miss World, which will be held in New Delhi, India on March 2, 2024. Chombo was crowned by Polish model and Miss World 2021, Karolina Bielawska, who made a special appearance at the finale in October 2022. Chombo will now have the honor of crowning her successor at the upcoming pageant.

As the finale approaches, the heat is on in Miss Botswana’s kitchen. The top 10 finalists are working tirelessly to showcase their Beauty-With-A-Purpose projects and make a lasting impact. It is an exciting time for these young women, and the entire country is eagerly awaiting the crowning of the next Miss Botswana.

 

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