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Hamptons Bigger in 2018

Billy Ocean and Salif Keita are the headliners for the 2018 Hamptons Jazz Festival while Thabang Garogwe and Socca Moruakgomo are also confirmed as the local headliners.

In her own words, Debbie Smith, Hamptons Managing Director said: “Even though the 5th Annual Hamptons Jazz Festival is on the books and the event is 4 months away, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above all, the spirit Gaborone is a bucket list experience that you can repeat yearly.”

According to Smith, the Hamptons now in its 5th year will take place on the 23 & 24th of March 2018.  She said they have not released info on the theme for the 23rd as yet, but they will do in December. “It’s kind of like an ultra-endurance event for the ears indeed. I’ve seen performances by Billy Ocean across the pond, performances that ignited the audience.  Watching this in our own country would be awesome. What a great time to be alive and living in Gaborone,” she revealed.

Commenting on the locals Headliners, Smith observed that Thabang Garogwe makes a valiant effort to swallow the entire Hamptons affair with his forceful energy.  “The tidal wave of sound is awe inspiring and overwhelming. In between bits of overblown distortion and atmospheric passages.” She also delivered a pulsating review of Socca Moruakgomo who she said delivers pulse raising jazz beats and a jaw dropping trumpet tone.  “It will be amazing to see our locals getting the Hamptonettes to eat from the palms of their own hands.”

Smith revealed that Early bird tickets are nearly SOLD OUT, and authoritatively pointed out that Early Bird VIP is SOLD OUT. “Tickets can be purchased at the prestigious Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino. The Hamptons Desk is by The Pool Terrace. We are open from 8am till 8pm every day. Hamptonettes needing to laybye tickets can do so at Avani or ewallet. These two means of payments have become Hamptons flagship for peace of mind and convenience way of securing tickets,” she advised.

According to Smith Laybye is a minimum of P100 per ticket and the balance can be paid by 31st December. “Laybyes done via e-wallet are confirmed once we receive funds and we text your ticket numbers to you.” Early bird tickets also include a choice of a Hamptons Jazz fedora hat or Hamptons T-shirt. Fans buying these are encouraged to hurry as they are limited

“We can reveal that our tickets have been printed abroad including our own ticketing software to tighten on ticket security and touting which has been a problem in past events,” she said. “Tickets have a retro design feel to them in-line with the good old golden eras that Hamptons tries to re-live. Early bird tickets also include a choice of a fedora hat or Hamptons T-shirt. Fans buying these are encouraged to hurry as they are limited.”

WHERE IS THE EVENT?

The Hamptons, in its 5th edition, will be held at Duma Grounds Home of the Hamptons.  “We had logistics issues for the February 2015 event. We then perfected these at the October 2015 event and Hamptonettes were very impressed.  We skipped a year to prep and here we are even more organised and ready than before,” she said.

Smith said one of the Hamptons objectives has always been to attract both international artists & fans, “so that we promote our country with music tourism. Internationals promotions is not for the faint hearted as it comes with all sorts of problems especially on funds and logistics.” Billy Ocean charges in Pounds and without sponsors upfront it can be a challenge. Salif Keita charges in Euros, so invoices can need a promoter to be very switched on and be mindful of various currencies and equivalencies in Pula.

Smith said by bringing big icon International artists here, they hope to put Botswana on the global map, as these artists take to social media twitting or talking about The Hamptons. “We are also doing this for our Hamptonettes, so they do not always have to travel out of the country to see these artists. Our fans normally choose what they want so it’s great that promoters are giving them a choice of internationals and locals too,” she said.

Smith said she is currently busy with mobilization of merchandise as she could not find the rightly branded Hamptons Fedora at home.  T shirts are homemade, great quality and we are buying them from Cally Clothing. “I’m also busy with behind the scenes of logistics and getting reliable contractors.”

“Starr (CEO) is busy doing all internationals contracts making sure all is in place including legality permit paperwork.  The ground team headed by David Letshwiti & Daphney Makabe are frantically busy with Early bird ticket sales activations as the first month is the most busy.”

WHO ARE YOUR SPONSORS

“Hamptons started with no sponsors.  Starr and I try not to rely on sponsors to avoid disappointment.  One cannot organise an event relying on funds that can at times take a long to come through.  So we pay initial artists’ deposits with our own funds.  Once ticket sales commence, we then commission more services with those funds hence we always say the hamptonettes as our biggest stakeholder,” said Debbie Smith.

According to Smith, sponsors like to align themselves with brands that are doing well, even if their companies are not doing so well. “Whilst sponsorship is tough to get, we will not accept mediocre sponsorship either. Hence, you will find that the few sponsors or if more are coming are the best in their industry. I’m pleased to welcome Weekend Post as our media partner, thank you so much.

We have also today confirmed sponsorship from ENGEN, the best petrol providers in Botswana. We have more sponsors verbally promising and awaiting to sign on the dotted line soon. Thank you our sponsors, your support will go a long way indeed.  The Hamptonettes will be pleased with your service too.”

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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020
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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.”

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020
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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.

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Miss Earth Botswana catwalks to save the environment

22nd September 2020
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Miss Earth Botswana is an annual local environmental-themed beauty pageant competition promoting environmental awarenessconservation and social responsibility. The reigning Queen dedicated her year to promoting specific projects and often addressing issues concerning the environment.

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.

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