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Young Ban- T hit the spot

A piano gift from his grandfather instigated a nerve stretching tension of thoughts and deep affection for music; it touched a nerve and brought inspiration. It was only a matter of time before young Ban- T started applying himself passively at first but they say once the musical bug has bitten, there is no looking back. As a young visionary and dreamer, he had to opt for a tangible charge first by enrolling in a Degree program in Sound Engineering and then creating his own music and establishing his stage name Ban- T as a brand second to none, which was the beginning of Baanthata Mokgethi’s career as a performing artist, writes DAVE BAAITSE.

The release of Whyso faded Anthem ft Faded Gang early last year saw him breakthrough the music scene, toping charts and enjoying airplay in every radio station locally. It was always going to be a ticking bomb since he had to redeem himself, to prove that it was not a once off hit and this led to the release of his second single this year, titled ‘Naomi’ which became more of a national anthem amongst the youth. To his amazement it even proved to be bigger than the first one and even made its way to DStv music Channel, Trace Africa.

At the recent nominee announcement of Yarona Fm Music Awards 2016, Ban- T emerged the biggest achiever of the night with 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 Saturday 10th 2016 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC). Although the YAMAs are only on their third edition, they have already cemented their place as one of the most highly anticipated events of the year that celebrate music, fashion and lifestyle.

While commenting on the nominations, Ban- T however confessed that it is indeed a tough competition since he is pitted against some big names such as Dramaboi, Team Distant and Amantle Brown among others.

“I am very overwhelmed and delighted by the nominations! Even though I was expecting them, I did not expect this much, maybe two or three”, he beamed with excitement.

He says the nominations are more of a reward to him and they give him hope. Equipped with music, knowledge and driven by passion, Ban- T promises to be a force to reckon with. With two singles, his compositions surpasse his intended upshot and the hype is always amazing when his music is played.

“My inspiration is in making good music for the people to enjoy, this is new age Hip- Hop”, he told WeekendLife. Based in Johannesburg where he is currently studying, Ban- T is exposed to one of the continent’s top notch entertainment industry and expectations are that he will learn a lot from the best and grow his career.

His humble journey to musical fame began with the video of ‘Whyso Faded Anthem’ which was released earlier last year. It was the quality of the product that impressed so many people and immediately catapulted him into stardom. Taking advantage of the momentum created by the video, he released another single ‘Naomi’ in February 2016. The song was released in time for a show that was slated for Stanbic Bank Piazza in March featuring EMTEE and Nasty C. As luck would have it, the two South Africans did not pitch up for the show and automatically meant that the local boy became the headliner at the show and he to the surprise of his fans, buried the show.

Within two months of his song ‘Naomi,’ acclaimed South African Hip Hop artist, AKA, commended the song on his #ComeUpKingdom Twitter competition. He says Naomi is a song about teenage boy’s situation growing up with girls. This is a humour song that was produced by one of the best producers being Taku who also produced for South African Rick Rick. He is currently working on his debut album which he is hoping to release early next year and could not divulge more info regarding the album.

The song ‘Naomi’ was also airing on BBC 1Xtra in the United Kingdom (UK).

Only aged 19, Ban- T is promising to be one of the most celebrated masterminds of the modern new age hip hop to have graced the native land. His efforts will go down the history books of hip- hop. He currently controls the waves in the local entertainment scenes and his future looks even brighter everyday and he continues to get more bookings. He recently performed for over thirteen thousand people at the national stadium during the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC), the show which is not only big in Botswana but rated amongst top ten in Africa.

He is a social conscious person and is a founding member of a foundation called the ‘Whyso Movement Foundation’ that is geared to support less privileged members of society especially the youth. The foundation produces and sells branded merchandise and with the proceeds donates essentials and gifts to children in informal settlements and neighbouring village communities in Botswana and also gives outreach talks to youth on life skills, advocacy against child abuse, drug and alcohol to the youth.

However, his passion remains in music and spends time in studio creating music or by his piano composing or practicing his trade. Ban- T also has an extensive following on social media that is continuously growing, on the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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‘Mindset’ unlocks positive mindset

2nd February 2023
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

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All The Star She Is lands on BTV

2nd February 2023
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.

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Lifestyle enthusiasts feel Big Brother vibes

27th January 2023

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.


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.”


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.”

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