Thank you Windrush PRâ€¨But Above All, Many Thanks to Liberty Life
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim! I walked into Molapo Stanbic Piazza last weekend, having been given two complementary tickets that I had also given away to two friends who desperately wanted to attend the Vusi Live show. That meant I had to part with a monetary gift I had received from a friend to purchase tickets for my entry, together with that of a friend into the show. Upon entry, it immediately became very clear that I had spent my money for a purposeful intent.
The show not only was characterised by a fantastically dressed audience, decency but the set up was also of great immaculacy. With the VIP section clearly visible as thus, right in front of the stage, and barricaded neatly.
One could tell that it was not a night of the rag tags. Rag tags usually have a tendency to after imbibing their ones and twos gain the unwanted strength to intrude the space they have not paid for. None of such incident occurred. Possibly because the security was fit for the day, but also because the environment was set up in a manner that showed and reminded everyone of their rightful space at the table.
The sound was crispy clear, and eye entertaining. You could tell that upon setting the sound, the idea was not just the volume but more importantly the quality. We still have a problem with shows that are characterised by poor sound yet this very ‘item’ of the night; sound, is very primary to the event. Rave Heart, Windrush PR and Liberty had set their sound from Friday morning yet the show was only Saturday evening. This planning in time ensures that the hosts ae able to check the sound, set and reset it, get all the needed accessories, test them, buy, rent where possible and be fully satisfied that they will not embarrass themselves on the night of the show.
Lightning was also set up from Friday morning, tested Friday night and used Saturday night. It correlated with the sound, Vusi’s wardrobe, mood of the songs and the decency of the audience. It was not disco lightning set up for a Gospel show as I have seen in other Gospel shows where one could tell that the lightning technician was not briefed that ‘’….rara….we are setting up for a Gospel show…”….! This is another area that I am hopeful that creative industry players, particularly promoters have learnt as they attended the show.
I had the advantage of having a chat with Mr. Hans Rooseboom of Eventpro Technical Service, a South African based company that was brought in to share the expertise on the part of lighting, sound and stage setting. A humble gentlemen who was above all mesmerised by the decency of Batswana. Though my conversation with him was about how he sees the Botswana Creative Industry, he was clearly over whelmed by the reception, love and embrace he got from Batswana on a two day visit he had been around.
He parted with me still expressing that it was astonishing that Batswana still greeted everyone they meet even strangers with such love and affection as if they know each other from somewhere. Knowing me, I then took him through the important elements of Botswana culture that make us a different from the rest of the clowns!…well….he understood me…I hope the reader also understands whom I was referring to…!…gape kene keipankanyetsa gore hakele kakwa, arotloetse bo morwa rragwe gore bantshware ka matsetseleko wabona…!…
On stage Vusi did not only present the new him, he had with him his new music, refreshing, soothing and Godly than ever before. Brave Heart and Windrush PR had ensured that Vusi’s wardrobe represented the show, the audience and the music. This is that part of the creative industry that managers and administrators of the creative industry often leave to the artists to sort out. And it usually ends up terribly bad as we often see gospel artists dressed for a rock concert. One could tell that for this show, Vusi ensured the right clothes, right colours and right fit. He did not look like he was putting on clothes owned as a result of a grandfather passing away as it is regularly the case with our local gospel guys. I guess this made the job of his make-up artist very easy. And for that I will say, less money for the make-up artist and more money for the wardrobe coordinator…hahahahahaha!
I must also not forget to mention that the choice of venue also ensured that not only ample parking space but surety of security was awesome. Quite often we attend shows were despite the promoters aware that they will sell more than enough tickets, continue to greedily chose venues where one has to walk a kilometre or more after parking their car to gain entrance into the show. This walking is mostly on heavy dust, upon entering the show, one’s shoes will not be visible due to dust covering them all over; a sore sight if you ask me. But alas, we have been made to be used to this that we seldom complain except from jokingly talking about it in the morning, largely on social sites.
Those who imbibe more than their memories can permit get a huge surprise in the morning when they see their shoes in dust. That’s when they begin to retrace their last night’s journey of entertainment. Yes, we do have friends who never plan to end up at any show but simply find themselves there, or worse enough, hear that they have been there. It is some form of magic never to be understood by the young ones. Surely this is not what Brave Heart, Windrush PR and Liberty Life had wanted anyone to go through when they chose the venue. A beautiful lesson that must be learnt from the Vusi Live show by our local promoters is that; those willing to spend their money prefer some form of decency. And their money must be acquired through providing them with the same decency they envisage.
And by the way, before I forget, the many Creative Industry faces that I saw and met that night said it all; that it was a show we have all been waiting for. It was of great interest to me that our local promoters amongst the audience were witnessing and experiencing that a show ought to be thoroughly planned for.
These Ladies and Gentlemen of the Industry have already been thanked in many other platforms but let me also express my gratitude to them as appropriate; Shabba Kgotlaetsho, Seabelo Modibe, Massie Hule, Moxx Gaolape, Johnson Otlaadisa, Bofelo Segotso and many others whom I have not mentioned due to my memory lapse and well, because this space could be filled up with only names, and also possibly because, lenna kene katsena modieemong! Once more, thank you Braveheart, Windrush and Liberty Life. Allahur Akbar!
After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.
On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.
The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.
Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.
The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.
At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.
“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”
The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.
The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.
The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.
However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.
Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.
Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.
“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.
“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”
Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.
Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.
The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.
Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)
Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.
“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”
For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”
“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.
Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.
“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.
When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.