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’’
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.
At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.
He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.
“I became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, that’s when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didn’t have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.”
The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. “I felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I don’t have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.”
Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.
“I heard about the artist’s capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.”
Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasn’t even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.
“Working with DJ Fresh is really cool. It’s not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I can’t wait to do more with his mentorship.”
Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.
Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.
Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.
The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three months’ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.
“Celebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. It’s really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.”
Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.
There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.
This past weekend MultiChoice Botswana hosted media and lifestyle enthusiasts in Oodi for an evening of fun, drama and everything in between. The treat dubbed Big Brother Titans Botswana media challenge basically recreated the Big Brother experience right here in Botswana.
Big Brother Titans is the joint South African and Nigerian edition of the Big Brother franchise. The series follows contestants as they live in an isolated house and compete for a cash prize at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by the viewers.
These viewers vote their favorite housemates to stay on the show. The show features housemates from South Africa and Nigeria. The first season of the show premiered on January 15 2023 on DStv.
DStv Botswana Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila told WeekendLife that they saw it critical to host media friends to experience how it feels by being in the Big Brother house.
“For the very first time in history of Big Brother, we’ve seen the merging of two superpowers, Mzansi and Naija, with the Big Brother Titans season and what a better way to celebrate the monumental season than hosting our media friends.”
Participants were treated to top notch reception complimented by the Oodi sunset which just blew them away. A special shuttle was organized from Gaborone to Oodi, at a farm house that is just incredible in terms of design, aesthetics and ambience.
Of course they were welcomed by soft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for those who are not drinkers, and the next booth was an opportunity for housemates to introduce themselves to the man of the house, Biggie. RB2’s new baby Mdu the Party played the role of Biggie, and he nailed the character.
Some of the contestants were asked what they will do with the grand prize of P5000. With my ongoing voluntary movement, #Pad4HER, I needed the cash prize to push the campaign. #Pad4HER is a campaign that I started last year with an aim of helping female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to sanitary towels. Anyway, luck was not on my side but my colleague from The Botswana Gazette, Gosego Motsumi emerged as the winner.
We got done with the questions and made way into the house. The party began with more drinks and the first challenge kicked off. For this particular challenge, we were divided into pairs. I was matched with Motsumi and we won the first challenge.
Other housemates asked how we managed but it was simple: we had a strategy before embarking on the challenge. We sat down and debated on what we need to do in order to emerge victorious.
DStv engaged a phenomenal local chef, Rachel Tlagae who served some enchanting, light meal. Its Big Brother Titans so we ought to mind what we eat and also take note of quantities. Chefs also brought some wine to go with the meal and everyone was contented.
THE WINNING CHALLENGE
Housemates were taken through the last challenge: mental ability. This particular challenge needed them to know who they are as well as knowing their fellow housemates. It was one of the simplest challenges yet difficult. This is where I lost lot of points even though I was at the top (after winning the first challenge).
These housemates were all unique in their own way. From the media side was myself, Sharon Mathala, Leungo Mokgwathi, Gosego Motsumi and Nancy Ramokhua. This is a team which did exceptionally well altogether. Motsumi emerged as the winner, followed by Mathala and me on fourth position.
The third position was won by Loungo Pitse from influencer’s side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.
Legwaila said “We wanted to have a healthy mix of traditional media (print and radio) as well as social media personalities, artists and content creators in the house. We chose individuals who were characteristically different from each other because variety and diversity is important to us. We of course chose those with outgoing personalities as well as those who are a little more introverted as we wanted the interaction to be authentic and organic. We wanted a solid group of individuals who represented the many different people that make up this beautiful country.”
DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING
When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said “MultiChoice Africa is focused on entertaining audiences all over Africa with the current Big Brother franchises; BB Titans, Mzansi and Naija. Though we have no immediate plans to have a Big Brother Botswana in the future, we are continuously looking at ways to entertain our Botswana audience with local content and we are excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks from our country.”