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Rail Park Mall hosts Arts Performance Night

Rail Park Mall, one of the leading shopping centres in the capital city, with easily accessible shopping experience will host Arts Performance Night on the 3rd of May. The Arts Performance Night is aimed at raising the profile of Botswana’s diverse artistic talents.  Rail Park Mall’s food court area will be a gathering place for a slightly different group of people who are Botswana’s creatives ranging from poets, musicians and dancers. 

The art night will be hosted in collaboration with AFDA Botswana, a film and television Live Performance school. The Arts Performance Night is a platform where all art forms will be blended to cater for all art lovers featuring renowned poet, published writer and a women's rights activist,  Gauta Eyman, renowned karaoke singer Fifi Afrika and Amogelang Moatlhaping and many more.

“This event is a first of its kind at Rail Park Mall and therefore the success of the upcoming event will guide us in deciding whether we will host it again next year. Our partnership with AFDA was simply inspired by the fact that the school continues to contribute significantly to the creative industry both locally and internationally,” Keletso Sebogodi, Rail Park Mall Marketing Executive told Weekendlife. “This event is about engaging young, fresh artists who are making their mark in the industry and assisting them to put their art out there even more.” 

For her part, Rail Park Mall Centre Manager, Bonyana Masu also stated that Rail Park Mall’s aim is to start small and see how it can grow, so that a bigger platform can be created for more artists to be engaged and to make a sustainable living out of their talents. Masu noted that their partnership with AFDA as an Arts school will come in handy in making sure that the event looks artistic especially that they will be providing technical support and publicity. This will include performances and live streaming of the event on their sister company Maru TV. 

“Rail Park Mall has successfully maintained its position as Botswana’s favourite destination mall for over eight years now, and throughout the year the mall hosts various activation events driven by the loyalty of its patrons,” she said. Rail Park mall is a local shopping centre which is wholly owned by Botswana Railways and was opened for business on the 20th October 2011.It was officially opened on the 23rd of April 2012. 

It boasts of extraordinary features that make it stand out as one of the modern shopping centres in the capital city, Gaborone. Grandly sitting in the heart of the city, Rail Park Mall pulsates with exciting new energy every day to its sundry visitors. Strategically and superbly located next to the ever flourishing Gaborone Bus Rank and Station, Rail Park Mall continues to be a model attraction to pedestrians and the commuting public who augment the shopping mall’s 800, 000 foot traffic per month. 

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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