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KhoiSan Maxy

The legendary songstress Maxy or ‘The Queen of Sands’ has returned, revamped and pimped under a new South African producer, rebranded as KhoiSan Maxy.

While the reasons for the rebrand in the form of name gloss up were not readily available, Maxy intends to push her ratings higher this time around. There is no doubt that she is has a powerful voice, the packaging had to be better, hence the new stage name under a new producer.

Her new single titled ‘Why Uvuma’ debuted on one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations, Metro FM on Tuesday, and her voice, which many have equated to the powerhouse, Brenda Fassie’s left South Africans startled.   
Robbie Malinga flaunted her earlier as “my new signing” on Twitter announcing that the single would debut on Metro FM. “Her name is Khoisan Maxy, my latest signing catch her single "why uvuma" from 8:45  HYPERLINK "" @MetroFMSA,” the tweet, accompanied by a busty picture of the songstress read.

What followed after the debut was the hash tag #WhyUvuma trending, with rave reviews pouring in from all quarters of Twitter, in praise of the song and its singer. Many of the tweeps were seemingly in anticipation of the album and were ready to purchase it. It was the second trending has tag on Twitter, after Already, online reviews have announced “Why Uvuma” as a hit and predict that her album, which is reportedly being worked on will have the same effect.

As of Wednesday, Why Uvuma was made available for pre-order on iTunes and Apple music. The song is a fusion of Gospel/Afropop/Jazz and a typical Malinga masterpiece. KhoiSan Maxy’s voice is however the magic that worked the trick, as would be expected. Born Olebile “Maxy” Sedumedi, the 38 year old singer shot to stardom in 2000 through her much loved song, Kalahari (Uwe uwe) which probably launched her brand. The song remains nothing less than the biggest hit in traditional song history. She would later diversify her music career, exploring other genres such as pop and eventually gospel.

The Otse born songbird has nine traditional albums, four afro pop albums, one house album and one gospel album. She is one of the first people to make what is deemed as contemporary traditional music look cool and one of the first local females to own their own record label and do her music. She founded a group, Digauta which sang mostly pop music. Through her sultry voice, she has always managed to win many hearts through song. She has won the Thari ya Sechaba award and has under her belt a Kora nomination.

Her first experiences with the South African music industry in 2004 was controversy riddled as she was implicated in a music scam, after reportedly having been paid to record the late Brenda Fassie’s gospel album by then producer Chicco. The move could have easily crippled her singing career, as a young artist then.

The legendary Malinga ended his illustrious 15 years singing career last year, and announced he would now be going behind the scenes. His album, The Duets was a hit and featured South Africa’s greats in Kelly Khumalo, Musa Sukwene, Zahara and Ntando.
The producer is responsible for shaping  the careers of artists like Brown Dash, Ntando, Zahara, Karabo and Musa just to name a few. His record label, Robbie Malinga Entertainment also has signed Musa of Mthande fame. His album, Mr Serious sold platinum under three months. Malinga has won a South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Producer for Zahara’s Country Girl.

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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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