Renowned ‘Fashion Queen,’ Ineeleng Kavindama, has taken her love for fashion to the stores. She will soon open a vintage shop, christened Brand Emporium Brands, expected to officially open its doors on August 23rd at Molapo Crossing.
The ultimate exclusive store for top designer brands in handbags, shoes, sunglasses, cosmetics and other fashion accessories will be bringing top notch fashion items that are trending. The store is owned exclusively by business minded fashion addict, Kavindama. She is celebrated for being the first Motswana fashion designer to showcase at the South African Fashion Week and MnetFace of Africa. Kavindama is also credited for laying the platform for today’s fashion trend setters. Ineeleng is one of the pioneers of Ndebele fashion which is currently trending more than 20 years later after she first showcased her Ndebele collection in 1994.
When asked why she has indirectly made a comeback to the fashion industry almost 20 years after retirement, she said; “Fashion is addictive and it is a calling. When you are born an artist, you will always come back to it in another form, one way or the other, hence I am now here to serve the fashion industry in another way through my lifestyle store.” The store will also allow clients to enjoy special treatments on the services offered by the classic store.
“We are offering our clients the ultimate royal treatment starting this month end as it is the wedding season; if you spend more than P3000 you get a free voucher for either manicure, pedicure, makeup session, weave fitting; and on the gentlemen side we will be treating them to a haircut and a shave at one of the local upmarket beauty spa’s and hair salons,” concluded Ineeleng Kavindama. Brand Emporium Brands will also accommodate special orders where clients can place orders for various fashion items not available in the store, in line with maintaining the exclusivity.
“Brands emporium is a Lifestyle store catering for medium to high income bracket as we sell exclusive top international brands fashion accessories like sunglasses, shoes, handbags and moreover we also offer vintage cars hire services for weddings, prom, red carpet events or any special occasion through our other business Vintage Classics which is also housed in the same shop. We have a fleet of more than 15 vintage and Classic cars for clients to select from,” she said.
Kavindama also stated that the items are ideal for red carpet events, weddings, prom and where one needs to make a fashion statement. “I will be exercising my expertise as a qualified fashion designer to select the best fashion pieces which you are unlikely to see in other boutiques. I have the privilege of traveling overseas regularly in order to be up to date with current fashion trends for my store,” she said. Kavindama further explained that this will inevitably set a high standard for them as an exclusive store.
“Clients won’t have to worry about bumping into thousand people wearing the same outfit/ or accessory,” she said. She attested to the fact that the spending pattern and lifestyle in Botswana have drastically changed in the past five years. “We now have affluent tenderpreneurs who have the appetite to spend their money in Dubai and Sandton City’s Diamond walk.
We have blessers and blesees, slay queens and kings who are active on social media. The pressure to look good with designer brands has mounted in recent years. Brand Emporium can now give them that bourgeois lifestyle and save them the stress and money of travelling outside the country because we are a one stop shop for all the big international brands,” she said.
Organisers of the much anticipated As One Music Concert say preparation for the much awaited as one of the music concert are at the peak, with ticket and merchandise sales at a high just 13 days before the event.
In a statement Kesego Okie, Managing Director of Blue Skies PR Agency and event coordinator “The Concert is a celebration of ATI’s journey in music. It is also an incredible platform for all stakeholders, particularly businesses that operate in Francistown, to show their commitment to the resuscitation of the City’s economy following the impact of Covid.
We are grateful for the reception by the city leadership and look forward to cooperate Francistown heeding our call to support the arts, which would in turn, be supporting many livelihoods and small business in the area”.
She expressed gratitude to the public for their immense support evidenced by ticket sales and talk ability, saying this is testimony that indeed As One the nation can go fa in the true spirit of boipelego (self-reliance).
The concert is partnership between Batho Bame Investment and Blue Skies PR Agency. “A lot of work has gone in to prepare for the highlight, and I am thankful to everyone who believes in the dream and supports us. I promise nothing but the very best of me and would love to express my utmost gratitude to all creatives and businesses that are a part of this Journey” Atasaone ATI Molemogi.
The concert will be the first music show taking place within the main pitch of the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium, which was chosen to host because of its distinct state of art ambiance, coupling Francistown’s position as a gate way to many strategic places in Botswana.
Francistown is not only rich in history, but also an enabler for economic activity for unearthed tourist destination surrounding it. It is an honour to have been given the approval by the city leadership and the people of Francistown to host this Concert in their backyard’ ATI.
As part of activities for the 8th edition of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Nigeria will host celebrity movie stars and film directors from Hollywood ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 14 May in Lagos.
The visiting Hollywood stars will be led by Tasha Smith, actress, director and producer, known for her role in the acclaimed films, ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’. She will be joined by Bayo Akinfemi, a cast member of the popular television series, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ as well as Brandon Micheal Hall of the ‘God Friended Me’ series fame
Also expected are Sidra Smith, award-winning Producer and Head of Essence’s Film and TV Studio and Grant Housley, Hollywood Producer, Writer and Director currently at Paramount Pictures, where he has worked on some of the biggest films and most critically acclaimed television series in the world.
While in Nigeria, the stars will meet with the #AMVCA8 nominees and other industry stakeholders. This historic visit is in line with MultiChoice and Africa Magic’s efforts in sustaining the Africa film making and storytelling momentum, through deliberate global collaboration.
The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta. For more information, visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AMVCA8
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.