Behind the #TLATSALEBALA organizing is a brutal war of egos between promoter’s artist’s managers and creative industry entrepreneurs. Whilst the public has given all the goodwill to the #TLATSALEBALA concept and the public has not withheld any grain of good will, behind the scenes its an ugly scenario.
The #TLATSALEBALA management has a choice of explaining themselves to artist who are expected to be a part and bold font of the concept. It is not raining but pouring as the question of whether this is a charity or business event refuses to depart from the lips of musicians, their managers and promoters alike. Behind the scenes, it is ugly from toe to hair.
#TLATSALEBALA management says the line up of 06th May 2017 at the National stadium now stands at 62 artists. This is on the backdrop of some artists demanding commercial contracts. #TLATSALEBALA management team is unable to furnish those required to perform at the vent with contract because they have ruled out the idea of paying artists.
Before Kast went out for a 1000km walk in raising awareness for the event, almost all the artists were prepared to do it for free. What made matters worse is that the understanding was that he is walking to raise the BWP 200, 000.00 needed for the venue and appropriate logistics.
This scenario literally turned upside down when the chairman of Botswana National Sports Council, Solly Reikeletseng, announced on his Facebook page that the BNSC has resolved to sponsor #TLATSALEBALA to a tune of BWP 200,000.00 to cover he venue and associated venue logistics. Though this was meant to show the commitment of the Honourable Thapelo Olopeng’s ministry in supporting and growing local arts, it has come back to be a painful offer already accepted.
Some artists are now questioning why they should perform for free. Artists are positing that Kast wants to pursue slavery in making them work hard for free. It appears, somehow along the line, the #TLATSALEBALA management team, in accepting the many gifts, money and offers in support of the event during the 1000km walk, they then began to pursue the event as a charity exercise. This is the confusion that that the sponsors, well wishers, donors and ticket buyers do not know about.
It has come out blazingly clear that when Batswana reacted to Casper Nyovest’ connotation that he does not know Kast and asking who Kast was, Batswana went in to defend and uphold the status of national patriotism. The artists also wanted and possibly, still want to prove themselves that they can fill the stadium. But with an environment of creative arts that is naturally so, by form and format filled with competition of who is best on stage, in good will and in making money, the #TLATSALEBALA concept has become a monopoly of bruising egos.
#TLATSALEBALA management team is behind all the fracas. From the conversations, it appears Kast is not even aware why there is animosity by artists towards his initiative. The artists expected to take part are asking why they should perform for free, pledge their support, their names, and their backing crews for a show that will only benefit the #TLATSALEBALA management team. It is being argued behind the scenes that Kast will not necessarily make money out this initiative.
The only trophy that he will be taking home is that of being bold, courageous, walked 1000km and filled up the stadium and the cash will remain with those behind the scenes, the #TLATSALEBALA management team. Names of those cashing on the initiatives have been passed to this publication and Kast’s name does not appear on the list.
Reached for comment on this matter, Resego Matenge, well known as Leshman who is also the owner and Manger of Leshman Holdings and a manager and partner to Charma Gal, he rubbished the #TLATSALEBALA concept as having lost meaning. He insists that” the whole thing has become opportunistic”. Matenge, is of a strong view that they are not taking part on the #TLATSALEBALA as they haven’t received an invite “from the initial failed event where we were not on the line up and the current one which is presented as a charity event though grossly commercial”.
Matenge lamented that when the whole concept began, Charma Gal was on hype through the ‘sekuta’ album yet was never approached to fill the stadium. That Charma Gal is currently dominating the airwaves and public spaces through ‘mmokolodi’ and is still not invited goes on to show that, only artists who are willing to perform for free due to their hunger of stage presence are targeted. Matenge persist that “the issue of performing for free is not ours, we have a business to take care of and we are fully booked on top of having our own schedule and if they want us for our show they must in monetary terms give us a reason for abandoning our plans”.
When quizzed by this publication as to why they can’t just do it for free if approached to be a part of the line, Charma Gal’s manager and live in boyfriend fired that, “we have 12 employees doing backing vocals and backline, they don’t know if they can perform for free, we have transport that has to be monetarily catered for and our rehearsal venues that are not charitable especially for a profitable event”.
What is taking centre stage is the backstage fracas is that the original concept from Casper Nyovest to fill up the ‘dome’ was not charitable. It was of a reputable and crowd pulling line up. The assertion at backstage is that the #TLATSALEBALA concept of Botswana is rather about only benefiting a few individuals and hence different from Casper Nyovest who never asked for free shows.
What is coming across is that the artists are willing to support each other without cost only if it is an album launch and nothing more. It is also becoming increasingly clear that a lot of artists feel that they are being asked to be a part of an event they don’t understand as questions they ask range from not knowing why Kast walked 100km and they posit that to this day he never explained to them why they or he should walk 1000km to fill up the stadium.
MASSIE HULE COMMENTS ON #TLATSA LEBALA
“I am part of the crew that deals with artists and as far as I know there is no artist who has refused to perform at #Tlatsa Lebala. Everyone here was pledging, no one is paid a penny. We implored a first come first serve strategy and we gave prominence to the first line- up before the event was postponed,” said Hule.
While commenting on Charma Gal and Drama Boi not being part of the line- up, Hule said they had communicated their engagements with the organising team. However he revealed that Charma Gal had earlier served them a quotation, something that showed that she wanted to be paid for her services. “She should understand that this is not about individuality, this is a national project,” he said.
Currently they have a line- up of about 62 artists and more are calling to render their services but according to Hule, considering the 16 hours time frame they have, they can’t include everyone. He said that the last time he checked into tickets sales was two weeks back and they stood at eight thousand, he however added that they are optimistic that they will fill up the stadium.
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.
At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.
He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.
“I became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, that’s when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didn’t have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.”
The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. “I felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I don’t have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.”
Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.
“I heard about the artist’s capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.”
Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasn’t even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.
“Working with DJ Fresh is really cool. It’s not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I can’t wait to do more with his mentorship.”
Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.
Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.
Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.
The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three months’ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.
“Celebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. It’s really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.”
Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.
There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.
This past weekend MultiChoice Botswana hosted media and lifestyle enthusiasts in Oodi for an evening of fun, drama and everything in between. The treat dubbed Big Brother Titans Botswana media challenge basically recreated the Big Brother experience right here in Botswana.
Big Brother Titans is the joint South African and Nigerian edition of the Big Brother franchise. The series follows contestants as they live in an isolated house and compete for a cash prize at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by the viewers.
These viewers vote their favorite housemates to stay on the show. The show features housemates from South Africa and Nigeria. The first season of the show premiered on January 15 2023 on DStv.
DStv Botswana Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila told WeekendLife that they saw it critical to host media friends to experience how it feels by being in the Big Brother house.
“For the very first time in history of Big Brother, we’ve seen the merging of two superpowers, Mzansi and Naija, with the Big Brother Titans season and what a better way to celebrate the monumental season than hosting our media friends.”
Participants were treated to top notch reception complimented by the Oodi sunset which just blew them away. A special shuttle was organized from Gaborone to Oodi, at a farm house that is just incredible in terms of design, aesthetics and ambience.
Of course they were welcomed by soft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for those who are not drinkers, and the next booth was an opportunity for housemates to introduce themselves to the man of the house, Biggie. RB2’s new baby Mdu the Party played the role of Biggie, and he nailed the character.
Some of the contestants were asked what they will do with the grand prize of P5000. With my ongoing voluntary movement, #Pad4HER, I needed the cash prize to push the campaign. #Pad4HER is a campaign that I started last year with an aim of helping female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to sanitary towels. Anyway, luck was not on my side but my colleague from The Botswana Gazette, Gosego Motsumi emerged as the winner.
We got done with the questions and made way into the house. The party began with more drinks and the first challenge kicked off. For this particular challenge, we were divided into pairs. I was matched with Motsumi and we won the first challenge.
Other housemates asked how we managed but it was simple: we had a strategy before embarking on the challenge. We sat down and debated on what we need to do in order to emerge victorious.
DStv engaged a phenomenal local chef, Rachel Tlagae who served some enchanting, light meal. Its Big Brother Titans so we ought to mind what we eat and also take note of quantities. Chefs also brought some wine to go with the meal and everyone was contented.
THE WINNING CHALLENGE
Housemates were taken through the last challenge: mental ability. This particular challenge needed them to know who they are as well as knowing their fellow housemates. It was one of the simplest challenges yet difficult. This is where I lost lot of points even though I was at the top (after winning the first challenge).
These housemates were all unique in their own way. From the media side was myself, Sharon Mathala, Leungo Mokgwathi, Gosego Motsumi and Nancy Ramokhua. This is a team which did exceptionally well altogether. Motsumi emerged as the winner, followed by Mathala and me on fourth position.
The third position was won by Loungo Pitse from influencer’s side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.
Legwaila said “We wanted to have a healthy mix of traditional media (print and radio) as well as social media personalities, artists and content creators in the house. We chose individuals who were characteristically different from each other because variety and diversity is important to us. We of course chose those with outgoing personalities as well as those who are a little more introverted as we wanted the interaction to be authentic and organic. We wanted a solid group of individuals who represented the many different people that make up this beautiful country.”
DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING
When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said “MultiChoice Africa is focused on entertaining audiences all over Africa with the current Big Brother franchises; BB Titans, Mzansi and Naija. Though we have no immediate plans to have a Big Brother Botswana in the future, we are continuously looking at ways to entertain our Botswana audience with local content and we are excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks from our country.”