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.
After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.
On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.
The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.
Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.
The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.
At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.
“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”
The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.
The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.
The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.
However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.
Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.
Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.
“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.
“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”
Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.
Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.
The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.
Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)
Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.
“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”
For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”
“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.
Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.
“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.
When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.