Hip hop sensation, Baanthata Mokgwathi, popularly known as Ban-T has become the latest Botswana artist to be signed to ViB mobile, a subsidiary of Virgin Brew Media, specialising in ring tones and digital music. ViB recently signed a half a million pula exclusive deal with Botswana’s leading kwaito- kwasa artist, Odirile ‘Vee’ Sento.
Ban-T has been making the right waves since he sprung to stardom with Why So Faded, a collaborative effort between him and Faded Gang. The 19 year old is currently a 6 time Yarona FM Music Award (YAMA) nominee.
Ban- T has been dominating local airwaves with his debut single Naomi. The ViB deal essentially means his music will be available on all three local Mobile Network Operators; Mascom, Orange Botswana and beMOBILE.
After the release of his hit track Why So Faded, Ban-T had to prove that he was not a hit and run artist, this lead him to release his second single, Naomi which became an instant hit locally and in South Africa. The hit gets regular airtime on DSTv’s Channel O and Trace Africa.
At the recent nominee announcement of Yarona Fm Music Awards 2016, Ban- T ruled the roost, bagging six nominations with just two singles amongst them, Best Male Artist, Best Newcomer, Song of the Year (Naomi) and Artist of the year. The award ceremony will be held on December 10th 2016 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC). Although the YAMAs are only on their third edition, they have already made a mark as one of the most highly anticipated events of the year that celebrate music, fashion and lifestyle.
ViB previously encouraged artists to sign with them in order to make their music digitally accessible and receive royalties. Between April 2015 and February 2016, ViB Mobile awarded local artists royalties of around BW P400, 000.00.
ViB Mobile’s ringtones products and services include – Monophonic and Polyphonic Tones, True/MP3 Tones, Full Track Music and Caller Ringback Tunes (CRBT) and are distributed on all the local Mobile Network Operators (beMOBILE, Mascom Wireless and Orange Botswana).
ViB’s Chief Executive Officer, Leroy Monaheng, previously told Weekend Life that the company realised that there was a huge gap in music and that it was not making money, so they were planning on launching a comeback plan to reinvent it and have it bounce back.
He further called on any interested artists to sign with them, as long as they are popular and their music is well played. He said mobile operators approved the artists’ music as they (Mobile operators) are the ones that get to choose what kind of music they would like to be associated with their brand.
Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status
DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.
In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.
When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.
To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.
DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.
DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.
Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!
The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!
Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.
However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.
In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.
While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.
In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.