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Ringo, Selota Jazz Ghetto

The inaugural Francistown Jazz Festival slated for September 9th 2017 will be headlined by the famous South Africans legendary jazz prodigies Ringo Madlingozi and Selaola Selota. The event is set in commemoration with the city’s 120 years jubilee celebrations at Francistown old Stadium.

The event that was originally scheduled for 4th April was postponed to September 9th and is expected to be held annually and will feature international and local jazz legends. The festival will also give up and coming artists the opportunity to showcase their talent.
In an interview with WeekendLife, the Coordinator of Jazz Festival, Natalie Mphinyane explained that this will be the first jazz Festival of its kind in Francistown and it will captivate a mature audience and musicians alike. It is expected to become a highly anticipated event in the Northern region. “This high profile Festival will be a landmark cultural exchange,” she said.

Mphinyane further shared that they opted to come up with the Francistown Jazz Festival because there are no such events in their city and the City Council decided to take on the event with the celebration of Francistown’s 120 years of existence and that the funds that will be raised will be channeled to the Mayor’s Charity Fund. “Take also into notice that the proceeds from the Francistown Jazz Festival will go into the Mayor’s Charity Fund, hence we are still appealing to the companies to purchase tickets for their staff/clients so that the mandate of the Festival can be fulfilled,” Mphinyane explained.

With a sizzling line up on board, they decided to choose the performers based on the feedback they get from their followers and how their songs have been selling on shelves from their shops. “Ringo Madhlingozi and Selaola are being loved, and it’s been a while since Selaola Selota has been in Francistown, why not bring him back!” she asserted. The “black mampatile” hit maker, Amantle Brown, has been privileged to perform alongside jazz legendries, her talent and authentic music has landed her the spot in the jazz event. “Amantle Brown is coming up good, and we wanted to show other young people that they can also land themselves a spot in the Jazz Festival, we also chose Sereetsi because his music has been dropping off our shelves in our store, so we choose people looking at the demand of people,” she lamented further.

The Jazz Festival will be a daylong celebration of regional and world class music that celebrates the convergence of the most prominent region of Botswana being the North. The festival will be steeped in the relaxing ambience of good music, great company, good food & beverages, colorful and meaningful sponsors billed to take place. The festival is scheduled to start at 11am, with Kids’ Playground and resume with the live bands at 4pm to 12midnight, then the DJ will drive us with Jazz & oldies until 6am. The sponsors involved in making this festival a success are Francistown City Council, Adansonia Hotel, MYSC, Sefalana, Nice Touch Investment, Zambezi Motors, Ghetto Tissues, Mr. & Mrs. Cox, Gilt Security, Lexus, Young Fitters, Claqos, Skip Hire, Charles Phiri, H20, White Sounds Entertainment, The Boulevard Guest House, The Live Events Crew, The Voice, , Mackstan, Duma FM and Web tickets.

Standard tickets continue to be sold at P250 and at the gate P300.00 and VIP tickets are P750 (with no accommodation), P1 500 (accommodation for one person), P 1 950 (accommodation for two people sharing). Tickets can be purchased at Street horn Music Café at Molapo Crossing, The Voice office in Francistown and at all Web tickets outlets like  Spar Supermarkets.

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Self-taught fashion designer speaks

26th July 2022

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.

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Gospel awards re-organised

26th July 2022

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.

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Makhadzi, Master KG invade Thamaga

18th July 2022

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.

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