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Shanti Lo resumes career after 9 years

After nine years of disappearing from the music space, jazz sensation Shanti Lo has brought to the shelves his latest music offer dubbed ‘music’. The phenomenal stage performer will be launching his album on April 18th with the sole purpose of reconnecting with his fans and audience.

Shanti Lo shared with WeekendLife that the new album will offer a new sound telling of his musical and personal journey. “The whole album is a celebration of life. It is a very personal album in the sense that it explores what I have been through and what I have been feeling all the years I have been away,” he said. “So many events and so many things have happened that helped me to get where I am today and some of it not so good.”

The fashion and music icon also shared that he went through a broken relationship hence the album. “I think that was the most significant one that almost shook my world. I have also experienced loss. I was managed by Soares Katumpela. He passed away and rather tragically. It is also important to note that this song was dedicated to him. To celebrate his life,” he said. Shanti Lo attests to the fact that the late jazz icon wanted him to grow into different territories and “never to give up as well as to never be stuck in one place and to allow things to happen,” he said.

The album is made up of songs like ‘Kea ikobola’ which is the first single of the album; and another potential smasher, ‘Never believe’ which he says was taken from a group called Brown Sugar, a popular local group in the 2000s. “I did so because I wanted to sample a local song because I noticed we do not celebrate ourselves; and if we don’t then who will,” he said. During the years he has been away Shanti Lo had to divert his energy to television and community projects.

“I have shot a couple of television programs. I have also landed my services to My Star talent program. I have been the patron of Ambrose Trust which takes care of children with Autism. My job was to lobby for policy making,” he explained. Since then Shanti Lo has been in the studio for 18 months compiling this soothing jazz musical piece. “With this music I wanted to be real and authentic,” he said.

Shanti Lo is a local Afro Jazz artist who made waves with his songs in 2005 with his first album dubbed Shanti Lo. He is also a professional fashion designer who did his studies in Johannesburg. During his time he was known for his mesmerizing performance which has won him many followers.His hit song Ditshwanelo made it as Sound Track on Mma Ramotswe movie. 

The song calls on traditional leaders to unite Batswana, eliminate tribalism and promote recognition of their fundamental human rights. Over the years, Shanti-Lo has worked on different projects with a number of artists across all genres including the late Duncan Senyatso, and Ikajazz pioneer, Ndingo Johwa among others.  Shanti-Lo continues to wow audiences with his poignant voice and provocative moves.

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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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