Beautiful people, tantalizing cuisines and the best of the best in the music industry, both local and international under one roof for two days.
That’s what DSTV Delicious International Food and Music Festival offers every year. What makes it different this year? They went all out. Pulled out the best international acts to come and grace the event, the top chefs to serve and a fun filled ambiance. DSTV Delicious International Food Festival- South Africa, is an annual premier lifestyle event and for the last three iterations, the prestigious Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit played host to the festival.
This year the event was slated for the 21st and 22nd of September, with promises of world class acts, delectable mouth-watering foods and the best security to top the cherry. As promised, DSTV Delicious delivered.
WHAT WAS OFFERED
Having in previous years since its inception, hosted some of the biggest names in the culinary and music worlds, the likes of US songbirds Erykah Badu, Macy Gray and MasterChefs SA Judge Pete Goffe-Wood, chef Reza Mahammad, local acts such as the late Hugh Masekela and the iconic South African kwaito music group, TKZee; it was interesting to see what the festival had in store for this year’s event.
So what did DSTV have in store this year? Dynamic, explosive entertainment, and the food? Exotic, scrumptious, lip-smacking foods that can tickle any foodie’s taste buds. World renowned chefs came through trying to outdo each other with freshly prepared foods and desserts. The likes of the much talked about in the food world, ‘The Lazy Makoti’ author and chef, Mogau Seshoene came through to show off their exceptional cooking skills.
There were also pop up stalls and food trucks offering scrumptious foods and beverages for ticket holders. Some of the foods, all the way from Thailand, South Korea, Nigeria and many other parts of the world. These foods were not only a great experience for first timers of the event but may also have been a little too exotic and adventurous but it is a good way to learn of different traditional foods around the world.
The festival reeled in top local headlining artists such as the Shimza, the dynamic trio of MiCasa, the African sensational group, Mafikizolo, not to forget the man who sells out stadiums, Cassper Nyovest, just to mention a few. And just when you think that the organizers and their partners can’t top that, they bring in international artist and American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, Raphael Saadiq.
Who has been a standard bearer for "old school" R&B since his early days as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Tone! And to top it off, the breakthrough British act of 2006, Corinne Bailey Rae to serenate the crowd. The entertainment was of top notch, heart pounding, stage-breaking performances, and the crowd’s response was evidence that DSTV Delicious International Food and Music Festival 2019 had outdone themselves in entertaining the masses gathered at Kyalami.
This year more than 20 000 socialites and media personalities graced the event which attracted diverse nationalities who were there to flaunt their hand crafted outfits and designer jaw dropping garments.
The DSTV festival spoilt their VIP patrons with a wide array of choices. The lounges played host to the elite, the rooms filled with exquisite, comfortable furnishings allowing people to sit at ease while being waited on hand and food and also getting the best view to the stage. Great views, best services, delicious food, top notch entertainment, befitting for VIPs.
It was easy to bump into famous faces, the likes of renowned controversial television and radio personality, Somizi Mhlongo and his fiancé Mohale Motaung. The lovebirds seemed to enjoy the festival immensely, blending in and making conversation with everyone.
Other South African celebrity personalities like Anele Mdoda and J’Something were some of the many well-known faces that you can rub shoulders with in the lounge area.
In a crowd of different tribe and nationalities, definitely everyone is likely to throw in a bit of their native attire, but that was not the case, everyone came dressed up and all colorful. Some were in their bump shorts, some in their summer dresses, jeans and the dominating fashion accessory were the sunglasses, perhaps because of the African sun.
Some kept it simple and glamorous, some were feminine, sultry and striking. Some kept it safe and monochromatic, most women threw in colorful and gorgeous make up and everyone there had defined their own style. Although many people threw in glamour and glitz, it still went well with the event. You could enjoy your drinks draped in a long dress and some sneakers. It still fitted the occasion.
ABOUT DSTV FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL
DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival first took the entertainment and culinary world by storm in its debut in Johannesburg in October 2013. 40 000 visitors over the two-day festival could indulge in the best food and music Johannesburg has to offer.
DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival has hosted some of the biggest names from both the culinary and music worlds. The festival celebrates 7 years of excellence and growth this year, serving nothing but the best in entertainment and food, across three different stages, 10 hours of entertainment per day, a variety of beverages to suit any palette and diet, and they still have much more in store for the attendees!
Basically, what DSTV Delicious aspired to was to bring the world to you and you to the world, through good food and music. The two things that connect each and everyone regardless of who you are and where you from. This, they have accomplished yet again with the most successful event yet of 2019.
There is a growing unpleasant of artists who do not pitch for events they have been booked for; or simultaneously, there could be another development – false advertising – where artists’ names are used to draw large crowds.
Musicians and promoters in their mission to put bread on the table seem to have resorted to obscene means of securing their means. To many, this is tantamount to fraud and deception to gain an unfair advantage over their unsuspecting fans who swoon at the mention of their name, their presence and entire existence.
The month of May has just begun and bottomless grievances are pouring in of no show musicians at gigs they have been booked and paid for. Instead of leaving the crowd stunned by a spectacular show they are leaving revellers disappointed.
Exhibit A; This past weekend Eswatini’s DJ Uncle Waffles was scheduled to perform in Botswana. She never pitched up for the shows and continues to be silent on her lack of presence at the show. Exhibit B; Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival 10th Anniversary but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig.
In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha. The statement continued; “Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel…
Above and beyond we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the full booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation
“All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.” Adds the statement. Exhibit C; South African artist Prince Benza’s passport was confiscated by the Deputy Sheriffs pending payment for damages on breach of contract.
He was scheduled to perform at Mogobane on the 31st of December at the Reflector Music Festival but did not appear as well. He nabbed when he came into the country for a separate event. The President of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), Gilbert Seagile this week had his company; Gilbert Promotions registered in South Africa.
This puts him in an ideal spot to become an intermediary and help solve the feud between Botswana and South African artists and their no show at events. Seagile emphasized that it’s not only international artists that miss events but even the local artists have the same tendencies. He elaborated that reasons for artists not pitching up are many amongst them ; breach of contracts , promoters not paying deposits and some can be natural like artist testing positive for Covid-19.
The BEPA president also indicated that fly-by-night promoters are also a concern as they do not follow the BEPA Code of conduct, “BEPA members are well coordinated, they have the code of conduct which guides them to do things accordingly. The government is pushing for promoters to join BEPA they have already started refusing with permits when one is not a member of BEPA.” he emphasized
Seagile said that the association is in talks with the South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA) to provide protection of Botswana Promoters that when artists miss shows they can be able to rope in their lawyers in South Africa through SAMPA and Botswana through BEPA to compensate for losses incurred as a result of this exploitation.
He said another way of dealing with this matter is for Promoters to issue a contract to the artist as currently the norm is that the artist produces the contract to the promoter so this solution can help the promoters to protect themselves.
In an interview with Weekendlife, Superintendent Tumediso of Urban Police Station enunciated that matters of no show artists are normally reported by the promoter who normally comes as the complainant. The matter is then taken forward taking into consideration the evidence, this will in turn assist in determining on whether the case is theft, obtaining by false pretence or fraud. When it is all said and done, revellers love musicians to hate them and hate them to love them. It is an unending toxic relationship which no one wants to pull away from.
As the creative industry is trying to resurface from the COVID-19 dust, the board chairperson of Copyright Society of Botswana (COSBOTS), Bakalanga Mahoko, says the society is considering giving out relief funds to their members who have been hit hard by the COVID -19 induced restrictions. She noted that this will however depend on government’s response to their request for funds.
She told WeekendLife that the society has already written to government requesting funds. Once the request is approved, she says some of the funds will enable the society to embark on road shows across the country to sensitise the general public about COSBOTS. The road shows are designed to run for several weeks before the annual general meeting which is scheduled for May, 28th this year. Among other things, she says part of the money will be used as a relief fund for their members.
“As we are all aware, the industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions and some of our members were unable to raise money for their survival and that alone affected the industry. We anticipate that government will consider and approve our request and once it’s approved our members will smile all the way to the bank as their bank accounts will be credited by the COSBOTS,” she says.
She added that if things go according to plan, this will be the second time that their members would have been assisted through such an initiative. She said at the moment they have registered about 2800 members across the country and the board anticipates that the membership number will increase sharply.
“I am not yet in a better position to divulge the amount which each artist will be given because government has not yet responded to our request, but once that has been approved the society will announce,“ she says.
Mahoko was elected as the board chairperson sometime last year and has also been the first woman to lead such society which she described as “privileged”. “As many will recall, the society was in a mess and there were squabbles among members. There was also mismanagement of funds that resulted in the members, government as well as the public losing trust on the society and that dented badly the image of the society,” she says.
Mahoko further stated since she has been in office for more than a year, things now look much better and promising. The government gave the society a grant and that alone was a sign of trust from government. Recently COSBOTS distributed over P7 million as royalties.
With over 20 years in the business of publishing school books for both primary and high school schools as well as fuelling the imagination and guiding the soul of the youth. Collegium Education Publishers are continuing with their trailblazing mission by launching EBooks.
During the launch of the Ebooks platform recently, Naledi Ratsoma, Author and Founding Director of Collegium Botswana took the audience on a trip down memory lane. She disclosed that after falling out with a local publishing company, she established new ties with a publishing company in South Africa. “The adage don’t get mad, get even worked for us.
We decided we are going to get them, we are curriculum specialists we know what the curriculum is all about and what books should be to support the type of curriculum.” She said deep in thought. “The start-up was not easy, I was the general, manager, tea lady working from 6 am to 10pm. It was sheer determination and hard work that got the company going.
Today I feel honoured and excited, Collegium grew by leaps and bounds. Here we are today. Dare I call Collegium a success story? Yes I do, it is a resounding success story.” She uttered excitedly Looking into the future, Terrence Showa, Collegium CEO was tasked with only one job to do.
That job? Moving Collegium to digitization and joining the rest of the publishing world in transition towards the Fourth industrial revolution and a knowledge based economy. “Today I stay to you quite proud to be the first publisher in the country to launch the prescribed eBooks.” He said.
Showa mentioned; “I was told to come with a cheaper solution for government, after three years with meeting several Information Technology think tanks we came to the conclusion that Snapplify, gurus in providing eBooks and eLearning were in alignment with what we are looking for. Ebooks provide a simple solution for teachers, parents, students to use at their homes.
It will also be 30% cheaper for government to procure the books. An added benefit was the ability to give free content by Snapplify on the side of library service. ” He says the Ebook Platform has been fast tacked by the rural electrification program by government prioritizing the need to digitise books.
When speaking to the WeekendPost on the side after the event, Showa when questioned on matters of piracy which comes with the digital age, he enunciated that “as Collegium the failure of us to regulate the printing and photocopying of our books frustrates us daily. There are institutions who have committed to procuring photocopying machines to make copies of our books.
We are excited about eBooks because the licence procured when buying the book will run for only a year and will limit users to being able to photocopy and take screenshots of the books. One of the reasons Snapplify made sense to us is they know exactly what the challenges that come with digital platforms are. The content will only be downloadable into devices through a profile set up and limit the number of users on the site.”
For their presentation, Stephen Bestbier and Mark Seabrook from the Snapplify Team; the application is accessible everywhere with an offline feature to encourage data saving and reading offline, it is compatible with existing devices be it mobile, tablet and desktop. The simple library management functionality makes it easy to check out books and return them automatically to curb the ancient penalty of paying late return fees as well as avoiding d issues of lost book since it will be on an online platform.
The academic features include; a designated dyslexic friendly font, text to speech functionality, journal, bookmarks. The Elibrary provides for convenience as 24/7 access to learning, materials since the online library does not close like the traditional library. The support platform ‘teacha!’ also reliefs’ teachers in their work by building skills with accredited professional development courses and platform training.
Snapplify are leaders in Pan African educational technology with thousands of institutions across Africa with students and academic staff within the Snapplify ecosystem from primary schools to tertiary institutions.
Snapplify is the best eLearning solution with a comprehensive content catalogue with constant delivery and a proven track record of rolling out large government eLearning projects. Collegium’s vision has indeed come to pass to become market leaders in the provision of high quality teaching and learning materials for institutions in Botswana.