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Fledgling DJs you cant afford to be cluess about

History of the local DJs will be incomplete without these young DJs. They are definitely artists to check out ASAP. They are very popular and get to enjoy the spotlight.

These kids rock the audience at various ceremonies across the country. Even international media praise their Djing talent. DJ Jika and DJ Dolly, a growing female DJ got the name and fame in the entire country. They are very famous for their art of mixing genres. These DJs have emerged out as one of the most important tastemakers of dance music, and they entertain more than a thousand of followers week in week out, so next time whenever you think about hiring a party DJ, give a try to these young DJs.

 

In an exclusive interview with Weekend Life in Gaborone this week, DJ Jika revealed that when done with passion and stunning finesse, DJing and producing are art forms. DJs make their innovation known by capturing special moments through the blend of music notes and well-chosen tracks woven together. ‘’A good DJ uses instinct to influence the mood of any atmosphere. We manifest the aforementioned inherent qualities in takes to be both inside the DJ booth and into your iPods’’.  A 21-year-old Lobatse based Obakeng Ditlhobolo, a.k.a DJ Jika initially kicked off his career while still at school, having developed the love for music, music he was completely cluess will take his somewhere in life. ‘’You know I would sneak out of the house and request for a slot at local entertainment resorts, playing with other established DJs who were always willing to assist me with the decks.

I was still a student, so I had to balance between books and music on the sides. Well, this did not settle well with my parents, but I had to do it nonetheless’’ DJ Jika said. After a lot of hard work, DJ Jika started being invited to perform during prize giving ceremonies AND talent shows at school, something of an opportunity that actually opened doors for him. ‘’Lot of people started believing in me, my teachers were proud of my talent knowing that it can be something I can use to develop myself, and they were actually correct. I believe DJing is the next artistry that young people can find a niche in, more so that youth unemployment is high in the country’’

 

Although DJ Jika is rooted in house music, his genre-defying approach to production and live shows ensure he is an artist to check out as soon as possible. You can hear his signature in all of his remixes. After an impactful years of elevation, this year steadily banks on DJ Jika’s acquired success. He’s embarking on a summer tour of DJ Ikegof’s new album and releasing a forthcoming EP, as well as pushing his clothing label ‘’ Skim Jika’’. This kid is everything. DJ Jika has been playing in various media houses in Gaborone, and outside Botswana even. He brings a touch of Botswana to the music he plays live on radio, and I swear, the sound of house music wouldn’t be the same without him. He has been featured on Duma FM, RB2 as well as Gabz FM. DJ Jika’s impact through his signature has helped him extend outside the Botswana boarders and into Kopanong FM in South Africa. He was invited for a show with the renowned DJ Karinos, famously known for his great radio presenting skills in North West, Lehurutshe.

 

He called on aspiring DJs to be content with themselves, saying that they should create their own style of DJing. ‘’Being original really does wonders. Do not copy what other people are doing, and be unique in your own style’’. Wanna know what it feels like to party at a youth session, radio or your Sunday chilling session simultaneously? DJ Dolly will give you a taste. The Moshupa based Dolly Golekanye, DJ Dolly brings along a hint of house music, freestyle, and grime to her productions. She is relatively new in the industry, but proved that diligence and love for music truly do pay off. She shines light on the underground while equipped with mixing techniques tuned in with the mainstream.

 

Her music styling is rooted in percussions-heavy sounds blended with sample-based tunes and a bit of hip-hop. If you are looking for something mellow, DJ Dolly’s sultry mixes are the perfect match. She revealed in an interview that her drive and unique originality serve as charms on the crown of her profound music. ‘’I am very passionate about DJing. It is not so common to see a female behind the decks, but it is possible to have one. Being brave and willing to break stereotypes associated with being a female DJ helps a lot, you need to know who you are and stay committed to change the narratives. Be the change, and you shall see a difference. I produce great mixes, and I am proud of myself’’ she said.

 

Starting off as a sbujwa dancer, DJ Dolly noted that she wanted to represent the female figure in the male dominated industry. However, being a DJ in Botswana seems to be a hard reality to deal with, in fact, it’s more complicated for female artists. ‘’ Sometimes you come across people who are less supportive, who do not really understand the dynamics of the industry. That on its own is a setback, and upsetting. It is worse if you female, people still believe this art is for males only, which is not the case in this era. The entertainment industry has less support from the people, it is advancing at a slow pace, and there is need for joint collaborations with relevant stakeholders’’

 

DJ Dolly underlined that local radio stations do not afford them an opportunity to showcase their talent. However, she does not allow that to stop pursuing her dream as she saw it imperative to work alongside young artists such as DJ Tuli and BG Creations, adding that he aspires to work with Motlha.

 

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‘Mindset’ unlocks positive mindset

2nd February 2023
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

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All The Star She Is lands on BTV

2nd February 2023
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.

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Lifestyle enthusiasts feel Big Brother vibes

27th January 2023

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.”

THE LOVE

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.

WINNING STRATEGY

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.”

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