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.”
A job, lucrative or not, is a job after all. Sometimes one has to compromise in order to make a living, few people get a job their dream jobs. But once in a while there is an emergence of people who listen to their inner calling to pursue their passion.
The founder and head designer of Butterfly Couture, Chawa July is one of those few people who left their job to pursue their passion. An inspiring fact about July is that she is a self-taught fashion designer, she used to copy patterns from her old clothes until she learnt how to draw them, and she also searched information from the internet to increase her knowledge and skills.
“It all started as a hobby from my love for beautiful dresses and I started adjusting and making clothes for myself. Gradually people around me started to take interest in my craft and the hobby slowly grew into a profitable business,” July said.
The 41 year fashion designer from Molepolole worked her way up in the Procurement space for over 10 years. She worked at Stanbic Bank, Kromberg & Schubert and Clover Dairy as a Procurement supervisor. Her last job before she entered the fashion industry was a Manager for Contacts & Sourcing at a Facilities Management Company.
She established her fashion house in October 2019 and it has become synonyms with elegant wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear. July said when designing she is inspired by various aspects such as the client’s personality, the mood of the event and the theme. She further mentioned that every opportunity is to show her craft so she always aims to please.
“Every Butterfly Couture piece must represent the elegance and the creativity the brand is about,” she said. Butterfly Couture has adorned beauty queens; Miss Botswana 2021/2022 Ambrociah Samboko at Miss Universe in South Korea and Miss Botswana 2019,Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane during her reign of which is the highlight of her career. They have also marked their presence in a few fashion events locally and in the neighbouring countries.”
They showcased at The Grand Palm Wedding Expo, Masa Fashion Show, Miss Botswana Fashion Show and Sacunda plus Size Fashion Show. The will also be showcasing at Gabs July Fashion Show on the 15th of July alongside the South African designer, popularly known as the King of glamour David Tlale.
July also identified that one of the challenges they face in the couture is that, it’s a seasonal business. “There are times in the year when the business is great and challenging. Winter in particular, is difficult time to stay afloat as there aren’t as many events that people are inspired to dress spectacularly for,” she said. She further said that her aim is to be a prime couturier of choice in Botswana.
“Craft like your life depends on it because every happy client is 10 more referrals” is what she said when asked to serve a word of wisdom to people hoping to make it in the fashion industry.
The Botswana Gospel Music Awards (BOGMA) and the Annual Gospel Awards (AGA) are said to be no longer in existence and a joint venture project has been put up that will carry out the awarding of gospel musicians.
The new entity has been established as Gospel Music Awards, which is a project at this moment is nearer to dishing out the first Gospel Awards under the leadership of the dissolved entities (BOGMA and AGA). “The difference is the same, it is just that the two projects were run by different minds which had differing objectives,” said the project coordinator, Letsweletse Moshabi when asked what the difference was between the two previous awards.
He added that at this junction their focus is on the future of the gospel musicians and they would like to direct their energies to the new project and forgo the past projects. “The Music market especially the gospel genre is too small and that basically means the very small market was experiencing the imbalance in the supply and demand forces. At that stage, supply was more than the demand so the reason for the joint forces is to allow the supply and demand forces to readjust and form equilibrium,” added Moshabi.
The mandate and objectives of the project are to recognize and award gospel music talent, to create awareness of the Botswana gospel music industry and to create a platform where fellow musicians may exchange ideas and network amongst themselves and approach international markets in cohesion.
The first of these joint awards will be held on the 27th August 2022 at Molapo Showcase under the theme ‘Cohesiveness to Build’ where about 18 categories will be up for grabs.
The Kumnandi Ekhaya musik festival will be held on the 30th September 2022 at Thamaga village. The event coincides with the release of famous host, Dj Ngwazi’s first album called ‘spring day’ on the 2nd of September 2022.
The Thamaga born and raised Lefika Lushen Kebatlege is a disc jockey and a music producer signed under WanitwaMos Entertainment in South Africa. Famously known as Dj Ngwazi and formally known as DJ superstar, he has really worked hard to become one of the finest export DJs the country has produced. Internationally, he is described as a DJ from South African because of his works with popular music artist Master KG.
Meanwhile, the music festival will feature South African artists, Makhazi, Master KG, Prince Benza and Mthunzi. They will also be joined by some of the big local artists, Franco, Vee Mampeezy, among others. “The tickets of the concert will be available at Spar stores, webticket and Kings bar. There will be three categories for VIP tickets, the one that goes for P1000, P1500 and P2200,” said the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest promoter Sadie Swartz of Saysay Entertainment.
“We have a new system to tackle the cry of promoters about security at the events. We will have a team of 100 security men, 10 horses and 15 dogs. We also agreed with the police to help with traffic control and no tickets will be sold at the gate to avoid circulation of money which can attract thieves,” said Kagiso Gaodumelwe from All Night Security.
“I started deejaying back in the days when I was still schooling at Kagiso Senior School and I never stopped working towards my career since then. I have a career in South Africa, since 2018 when Master KG took me in and his support as a brother has taken me to places,” said DJ Ngwazi describing his career journey.
“Kumnandi Ekhaya is Zulu language which means ‘go monate ko gae’ in Setswana. The name came about as a way of inviting my South African fans and supporters to my home village Thamaga to come experience the joy that comes with celebrating our freedom and independence. I used isiZulu because it’s the dominant language in South Africa,” explained Dj Ngwazi.
“The concert will be held in an open space which was used for agricultural purposes and we would like to call it ‘Ko Legoleng’. With this concert I want to redeem the dignity of our village because we once had the cases of youth who were terrorizing the community, beating up people in the streets and stealing and these was really a concern in our community because they were tarnishing the village name,” said Dj Ngwazi.
The purpose of this concert is to empower the community of Thamaga and local artist, more especially artist from Thamaga village like, Kgabo Sereto traditional group. There will be a litter picking campaign around the village before the launch of the concert .The sponsors which are already on board are Dladleng Entertainment and Kings bar and there are still more sponsors to be revealed.
”As the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest management, we are going to buy food combos and take them to Thamaga village Kgotla so they can be donated to the less privileged and orphans. Starting from October we will be donating pads to all Junior Schools in Thamaga,” said Dj Ngwazi. Dj Ngwazi’s motivational words to other artist and everyone else; work hard, be patient and be determined.