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Metal Madness

It is a busy schedule for Overthrust, a local based death-metal band that originates from Ghanzi. From performing in Angola at the ORLEI fest in Huambo, on August 26th the band is now readying to play in Europe – a slew of gigs in Germany and Holland indeed.

Overthrust made their mark worldwide last year when they rocked the audience at Wacken, the world’s biggest metal festival, after which they proceeded to play several other gigs in Germany and Switzerland, winning countless new fans. It is no doubt now that the metal band has left a lasting impression around the world – hence their being invited back to Germany this year. They caught the attention of the organizers of ORLEI, Angola’s rock and metal festival when they were on tour in Europe. Most of times the band sticks to playing brutal old-school death metal. They also recorded an EP which they released before they headed again to Europe.

The much talked about Europe tour started on the 19th September 2017 and will end on 4th October 2017. While in Europe Overthrust is expected to perform in Germany and Netherlands: Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Oostburg, Groningen, Bremen, Rostock, Berlin, Bielefeld, Troisdorf, Mainz, Mannheim, Hamburg. AudioInferno is quoted saying: “If you like death metal raw and true to the sound of the nineties, you should certainly check out these guys debut record “Desecrated Deeds To Decease” which they published by their own in 2015”.

The band currently consists of five musicians all of whom are an integral part of the Botswana metal scene. Once a year they organize their own “Overthrust Winter Metal Mania Fest” in Ghanzi, where they were founded in 2008. They donate all the money to charity. Being in a metal band means a lot to OVERTHRUST, that is to live Rock’n’Roll whilst being responsible for one’s social surroundings. 

In one of their international interviews, the Botswana metal group distinguishes itself by a special love for costumes and leather attires. This has earned Botswana’s rock musicians a lot of fans and of course attracted some media interest from CNN, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Sat 1 and Deutschlandfunk. 

The Metal group has played several times in South Africa over the years, but this year they intend to line up more shows in African countries.

They currently have scheduled shows for Angola (again) and Kenya. Overthrust entered the European territories by being invited for a cultural project at Kampnagel, Hamburg. Alongside playing in Zürich and Karlsruhe, they caught some attention at the Wacken Festival where they entered the Wasteland Stage. According to media reports it is still uncommon to see African metal bands playing around there but Overthrust is doing it hard and changing people’s minds around the place. “Metal has always been too global to be restricted to few spots. Let’s join the extreme metal madness,” they said.

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Creatives taking over 2023

26th September 2023

Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.

They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.

This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.


Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.

The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.

However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.


This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.

His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.

KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.

If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.


Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.

This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.


After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.

Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.






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26th September 2023

Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.

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26th September 2023

With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.

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