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Batswana Ensemble snubs BOT50

As Botswana celebrates her golden jubilee this month with the main events penned for September 29th and 30th, the streets are delight with every citizen looking forward to the big moments.

Every corner of the country is painted blue, black and white and the official organisers tasked with the central role of coordinating all the events leading to September 30th , BOT50 wants all roads to lead to the National Stadium, the hub of festivities on the day.

Amongst the expected delegates are several Head of States; Batswana ambassadors serving their missions in foreign countries; as well as heads of diplomatic missions.

Central to the celebrations, artists are also preparing themselves for the golden jubilee to celebrate in song and dance as they coronate the 50 years of independence.

Surprisingly, one of the biggest bands to have ever emerged in the country, Re Batswana Ensemble will not be part of the celebrations; instead they are booked to tour Europe.

The Re Batswana Ensemble is a colourful, spirited showcase of traditional, folk, Afro Jazz and modern music of Botswana presented in an enchanting musical. The ensemble is collectively led by Lister Boleseng (Music director), the song bird Nnunu Ramogotsi, the legendary Ndingo Johwa and the ever cheerful Lekofi Sejeso, backed by Chedza Majwabe as the backing vocalist, Sakkie Nonong as the bassist, Andrew Chinganga on the saxophone, Kopano Mantswe on percussions and last but not least Leroy Nyoni on the Drums.

Their compositions are second to none; their audiences are transported firstly to ancient Tswana times through Accapella traditional songs, accompanied by clapping and dance, culminating in present day contemporary compositions that honour culturally inspired rhythms and expressions. The origin of this music and cultural exchange tour program began in 2011 when the Producer, Soares Katumbela (Streethorn Director), recognized the need and value in promoting local musicians abroad.

Last year the band completed a successful tour of Sweden and Switzerland where they represented Batswana music and culture. The success of this tour has awarded Re Batswana Music Ensemble another opportunity in China, Sweden and Germany where they are booked to perform during the celebration of the Botswana’s 50th Independence Day.

As they prepare for the big tour RBME have been engaged in a number of performances to build momentum, share their journey with their country folk and raise funds for their mission. Among these performances were the Gaborone International Music and Cultural Week (GIMC) on the 27th August. They also took part at the Dr Kim’s Memorial Charity golf tournament which was in Selebi Phikwe on the 30th July 2016.

The band facilitated the donations to charitable organisations along with the Soprano Bikers and Letsatsi Renewable energy (Pty) Ltd. They interacted and took photos with the charitable organisations. The concert was in the evening at Selebi Phikwe Golf Club. They are scheduled to perform at their farewell concert in Gaborone at Masa Square Hotel on the 17th September 2016.

They will leave Gaborone on the 20th September and will tour Beijing, China, Sweden and finish off at Berlin, Germany before coming back home on October 5th. The tour which is self sponsored is partly sponsored by Botswana Craft, Timber Trading, Soundbass, Rosens Media, Masa Square Hotel, Upplands Vasby Kommun, Brand Botswana and Botswana Embassies in China and Germany. They band hinted that next year they are targeting England and the United States of America.

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Vee Mampeezy wants to marry again!

28th November 2022

In May 2014, controversial pint sized musician, Odirile Sento married his longtime girlfriend, Kagiso Sento in a glamorous wedding, not knowing that eight years later, the two will be fighting until the very end of their holy union.

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Mental health is one critical element in someone’s life but gloomily, it is often overlooked. Topics centered on mental health and depression dominate the public discourse. The national conversation surrounding mental wellness, both online and offline has aided in the stigma of suffering from depression being removed, slowly but surely.

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TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch

14th October 2022

On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste  .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.

The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.

Bash Connektor is a Marketing Company with a twist founded in March 2022 by Basadi Bash Masimolole who has 15 years plus Marketing Experience. The INTENT of Bash Connektor is to Link People, Experiences, and Brands. The K instead of C is INTENTIONAL. We are all about contributing towards AMPLIFYING brand and country messages through curating experiential offerings and connekting conversations that matter, said Basadi Masimolole.

With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).

Individuals interested in purchasing the limited number tickets or Brands interested in participating on the TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch through sponsorships/ brand placement opportunities can reach Basadi’Bash’Masimolole on +267 7140 6660 / masimololebasadi@gmail.com / Bash Connektor Facebook page.

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