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Intimate master class with Muvhango’s Thandaza

DM Creative Brands in partnership with South African communications company, 7 Colours Communications, will host award winning South African actress, singer, and motivational speaker, Sindi Dlathu for an intimate master class with young and upcoming Batswana performers.  Dlathu is popularly known as Thandaza in the popular South African soapie, Muvhango.  

This exclusive intimate master class intends to engage and up-skill young and upcoming performers interested in careers in Television, Film and Theatre. Dlathu will focus on various disciples of performance from preparation, script development and packaging oneself as a reputable performer. DM Creative Brands’Masterclass with ‘Thadanza’ will be held at the University of Botswana on September 23. Attendants can expect the actress to breaks down to them what it takes to be a success in television, theatre and film. This is a class for performers or interested parties with little or no experience at all. Dlathu will also provide individual attention to all attendees to achieve their goals.

Dlathu is a South African actress and singer best known for her television roles as Nomfundo in the SABC1 drama series Soul City (2001-2008) and as Thandaza in the SABC2 soapie Muvhango since 1997. She is currently one of only three actors who have appeared on Muvhango since its inception in 1997. Starting young, Dlathu’s win at a national miming competition at age 11 was a sign of bigger things to come. At 14 she was cast as the lead role's understudy in the stage version of Sarafina and was commissioned as an assistant choreographer to Michael Peters, the man responsible for many of Michael Jackson's dance routines.  

She has sung backing vocals for Billy Ocean and Randy Crawford. She has also performed with Mary Twala, Abigail Kubheka, and Nomhle Nkonyeni in Duma Ka Ndlovu's award winning stage play The Game and she went to London with his production of The Ritual. Dlathu’s theatre productions include Madiepetsana and has won a FNB Vita Award in 2003 for Best Actress in the The Suit, performed at the Civic Theatre with an international run at an Amsterdam festival. Her television credits include Muvhango, Khululeka, Justice for All and a six- season run on the SABC1 AIDS drama series Soul City.  

Event organisers from DM Creative Brands said ticket price for the event is packaged in such a way that Dlathu is not looking at making money with this class but rather bring all up and coming performers under one roof.  The main idea is to create an offering to those with the no how. The ticket price is P350 and P500 for VIP. South African brand 7 Colours Communications is well known for setting standards of efficiency; profitability and bottom line success through a unique approach of strategy, compelling creative and management tools. Their brand positioning is woven into the subtleties of celebrating African creative spirit whilst taking it to the world.   

Local Daily Motion Creative Brands or ‘DM Creative Brands’, is a duly incorporated and registered legal entity under the Laws of the Republic of Botswana, company number CO2015/7017 as according to Section 22(c) of the Companies Act CAP 42:01. DM Creative Brands is a 100% citizen youth owned SME and the control of the company is also vested on young Batswana. Their strategy is premised upon identifying the core values of your corporate brand with a view to develop effective communication with one’s core audiences through in both message and platform.

They host the Arts and Creatives Workshop, an annual event that takes place in Gaborone Botswana to promote cultural exchange, wealth creation and most importantly access to information and ideas on how young creatives in Botswana can reap benefit and value from ideas and talents. Their canvass on personal brand management involves Reinventing, Recreating and Revitalizing clients’ image. Such measures are achieved through; Development of brand strategies and effective implementation; Building Personal Branding as A Leadership Requirement, Not as a Self-Promotion Campaign; Identifying assets, characteristics, strengths and skills of an individual brand. 

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All roads lead to Francistown for ATI’s concert

18th May 2022
ATI

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.

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AMVCAs To Host Hollywood Stars At 8th Edition

18th May 2022

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

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Of Musicians and No Shows

10th May 2022
Musicians and No Shows

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.

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