Botswana’s biggest entertainment TV show PULA POWER made a come back to the screens on the 2nd of December on Botswana Television.
The two hour entertainment TV show‘s return marks its second season. The show is presented by six young and talented people in Nature, DJ Izzy, Staxxx, Yaya, Fifi and Mdu. Season 1 screened on BTV for 52 episodes between 2014 and Jan 2015. The show features segments such as Katch Up’ which is a one on one documentary style exclusive interview with local artists. The artists share experiences about their music careers.
The Platform’ focuses on filming and showing highlights of different entertainment event functions happening around the country and international access to VIP, backstage to stage performances. Spot On is about local celebrities QnA, while The Loop is local music videos charts –showing strictly 100% different local music videos genres by local artists.
According to the Producers of Pula Power the name Pula is significant to Botswana’s success. It carries a lot of weight as a slogan for used by leaders at national gathering and it is also the national currency – “this is what inspired the producers to adopt the name Pula Power, we have a strong currency.”
“We are the youth pride and we ensure that local artists from musicians to producers, DJs, dancers, upcoming artists, music video directors, camera operators, and events organizers all have an equal opportunity to shine in this program. When we started Pula Power it was just a trial for a late night show because a 10pm slot is not TV prime time and many thought the slot does not have viewership, considering that people go out around that time, so we had to make the show interesting and after a few months most people countrywide via our social medium networks gave us positive reviews as feedback. Our nationwide coverage and the fact that we play local content made Batswana appreciate our art. We could shoot events in villages anywhere in Botswana, interviewing artists in places mostly you never heard of,” said Pula Power Producer, Xotic Sebina.
Pula Power makes it back to the screen at busy and fun time of the year – that is the December festive season. Sebina is aware that this is the busiest time with the most entertainment events across the country. According to the Producer the show has already filmed more than 30 events across Botswana and in South Africa. ”We have a very energetic young team, more than 20 creative crew members doing from technical camera operating, editing and producing ,because to produce a 2 hours show weekly requires a lot of focus and time.
We have made connections to film events in South Arica like DSTV iRock festival, Durban July, Essence International events, POP Bottles and Mahika Mahikeng. The coverage of these shows was inspired by the need to feature local artists who performed for international markets. We want to give them the exposure because for many years we did not have Batswana artists perform internationally.
When we film these events our presenters ask international artists critical questions like if they know Botswana artists, why they don’t feature or collaborate with Botswana artists after such a long time preforming in Botswana. We in talks with Durban Tourism to invite some local artists next year to perform in Durban international events,” says Sebina.
Botswana Television are the executive producers of the new Pula Power. “We at BTV saw a need to bring back Pula Power show because without a doubt the show has proven to be popular and in demand especially among the youth. It is a viewers’ puller and we wanted to support and grow local content within the national broadcaster, which is our main mandate,” said Solly Nageng, BTV Programs Director. In March this year Pula Power held auditions for presenters and more than 500 young Batswana showed up. In the end 10 successful candidates were selected for the new season 2.
Pula Power producer, Sebina said they hope to expand the show in 2018 and one of the new ideas and plan is to host the Pula Power Music Videos Awards, which will act as a platform to appreciate the art behind the production of music videos which is the tool to market and expose artists. The producers will also embark on a Pula Power Country Tour nationwide tour nurture talent in all the districts across the country. Sebina said the tour will enable artists in villages to perform and showcase their talent.
The Producer said they are working hard to acquire sponsors who will be interested to partner for this initiatives. “Pula Power has more than 50 000 followers on Facebook and this TV program could be a great visual tool to grow Botswana music and art industry and it’s a way of capturing and preserving our music and art history for the future generation,” said Sebina.
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.