Having started in 2003, Phate Ya Setso, a youthful cultural group in Mahalapye has managed to keep some youth off the streets thus far. The non profit making organisation would soon catch the eye of the Embassy of Japan in Gaborone in 2008, who then invited it to perform at the TIICAAD cultural exchange programme (in Japan), and they have never looked back.
The group has always been more than a dance troupe as their focus was more on getting members focused on something that could enhance their talent, keep them engaged as well as develop their skills.
This coming weekend, Phate Ya Setso will host the first ever cultural festival in Mahalapye under the theme “Our culture is a mirror where we introspect as a nation, a three legged pot”. The event is unique in the sense that it is brought about by the youth of Mahalapye who have joined hands for a common cause, as described by the theme.
Keiji Hamada, Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy of Japan in Gaborone will officiate at the event.
While speaking to WeekendLife, the troupe spokesperson, Charity Keobokile, said there will also be a debate session where youth and the elderly members of the community will debate topics relating to culture. Folklore stories will also form part of the night vigil celebrations. Guitarist and Folklore artist, Ntirelan Berman, Makwakwa Cultural Group and Skit Kabomo will also grace the event.
In 2015 Phate Ya Setso scooped Group of the year award at Mahalapye Performing Arts Awards which were organised by Semi House Production.
The troupe was also taken for a short Artisan Tanning course at Department of Animal Production under hides and skins section at Dibete, all of the members graduated and got certificates. Further, eight of the members recently graduated from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology with certificates in Performing Arts, this, according to Keobokile, is in their endevour to try exploring each member’s individual talent and how they can make a living out of them.
Keobokile said one interesting aspect of this initiative is that Mahalapye is a multi- cultural tribe but they are all living harmoniously despite different backgrounds. The event is aimed at bringing the community of Mahalapye closer to each other. It also celebrates the culture diversity that exists among the people of Mahalapye and the surrounding areas.
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.
KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
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.
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.
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.