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Lauri Kubuitsile to launch her intimate novel ‘The Scattering’

Botswana’s award winning writer, Lauri Kubuitsile’s latest publication is a historical novel centred on the German-Herero War and the resulting genocide. The Scattering is a moving and intimate novel providing a fascinating glimpse into the indomitability of the human spirit.

The story traces the fates of two remarkable women whose paths cross after each has suffered the devastation and dislocation of war. The story is set against the backdrop of Southern Africa’s colonial wars at the dawn of the twentieth century.

The book is to be launched in Maun on the 29th June, 2016, at the Maun Public Library. The launch is being organized in conjunction with the poetry group, Poetavango. There will be a reading from the book by Kubuitsile. She will also sign the book for her fans.

The evening’s programme will include performances by vocalist, Katini; as well as poets, Charles Kakomee and Jame Mutenge in Otjiherero. The author will also be in conversation with Uaisako Marenga about her new book. The guest speaker is Library and Information worker (specializing in research documentation), Bobana Badisang. Books will be on sale on the day and are available from Exclusive Books and Amazon.

There will be a second launch at The National Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia on the 20th of July.

“When I set out to write this book, I thought about how horrible tragedies like war are often given to us in numbers. Up to 100,000 Herero people died during the war and the purposeful genocide that followed. The mortality rate in the concentration camps was between 45 to 75%, with 12 to18 people dying every day. Only about a thousand Herero people made it to Botswana. These are numbers and they are tragic, but it’s easy for numbers to flow over your head without impacting your heart. You feel war and tragedy in your heart when it is brought down to the individual life. That’s what I wanted,” said Kubuitsile said.

According to the renowned author, when she was writing the book, she also had in mind books like Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, which is about the Biafran War, and Aminatta Forna’s book, Memory of Love, about the war in Sierra Leone. Both novels made war real through individual stories and not through battle plans and statistics on causalities. “I wanted to create a novel like that,” she said.  

The Scattering was also chosen to form part of Exclusive Books promotion for Africa Day, which took place on 25 May.

Kubuitsile is an award winning writer living in Mahalapye. She is, among others, a two-time winner of The Golden Baobab Prize for children’s literature, the winner of the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture’s Botswerere Prize for Creative Writing, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize. She has numerous published books for children, teens, and adults. Her most recent is the children’s book,Thato Lekoko: Superhero (Oxford University Press SA). Her book The Fatal Payout, a detective novella, is read in junior secondary schools in Botswana, while her children’s books Curse of the Gold Coins (Vivlia) and The Second Worst Thing (OUPSA) were approved by South Africa’s Ministry of Education (CAPS approved) and are read by grade 7 students.

Her short stories and essays have been published around the world in literary magazines, trade magazines, and anthologies including Mslexia, The New Internationalist, Karavan, New Contrast, and Jungle Jim only to mention a few. Her work has been translated and published in Swedish, Slovakian, and French. The Scattering  is Lauri’s first full-length adult literary novel.

“Kubuitsile has crafted an ambitious, powerful and poignant historical novel that brings to live a very important period.” – Tendai Huchu, author of The Hairdresser of Harare.

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All roads lead to Francistown for ATI’s concert

18th May 2022
ATI

Organisers of the much anticipated As One Music Concert say preparation for the much awaited as one of the music concert are at the peak, with ticket and merchandise sales at a high just 13 days before the event.

In a statement Kesego Okie, Managing Director of Blue Skies PR Agency and event coordinator “The Concert is a celebration of ATI’s journey in music. It is also an incredible platform for all stakeholders, particularly businesses that operate in Francistown, to show their commitment to the resuscitation of the City’s economy following the impact of Covid.

We are grateful for the reception by the city leadership and look forward to cooperate Francistown heeding our call to support the arts, which would in turn, be supporting many livelihoods and small business in the area”.

She expressed gratitude to the public for their immense support evidenced by ticket sales and talk ability, saying this is testimony that indeed As One the nation can go fa in the true spirit of boipelego (self-reliance).

The concert is partnership between Batho Bame Investment and Blue Skies PR Agency. “A lot of work has gone in to prepare for the highlight, and I am thankful to everyone who believes in the dream and supports us. I promise nothing but the very best of me and would love to express my utmost gratitude to all creatives and businesses that are a part of this Journey” Atasaone ATI Molemogi.

The concert will be the first music show taking place within the main pitch of the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium, which was chosen to host because of its distinct state of art ambiance, coupling Francistown’s position as a gate way to many strategic places in Botswana.

Francistown is not only rich in history, but also an enabler for economic activity for unearthed tourist destination surrounding it. It is an honour to have been given the approval by the city leadership and the people of Francistown to host this Concert in their backyard’ ATI.

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AMVCAs To Host Hollywood Stars At 8th Edition

18th May 2022

As part of activities for the 8th edition of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Nigeria will host celebrity movie stars and film directors from Hollywood ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 14 May in Lagos.

The visiting Hollywood stars will be led by Tasha Smith, actress, director and producer, known for her role in the acclaimed films, ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’. She will be joined by Bayo Akinfemi, a cast member of the popular television series, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ as well as Brandon Micheal Hall of the ‘God Friended Me’ series fame

Also expected are Sidra Smith, award-winning Producer and Head of Essence’s Film and TV Studio and Grant Housley, Hollywood Producer, Writer and Director currently at Paramount Pictures, where he has worked on some of the biggest films and most critically acclaimed television series in the world.

While in Nigeria, the stars will meet with the #AMVCA8 nominees and other industry stakeholders. This historic visit is in line with MultiChoice and Africa Magic’s efforts in sustaining the Africa film making and storytelling momentum, through deliberate global collaboration.

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.
For more information, visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AMVCA8

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Of Musicians and No Shows

10th May 2022
Musicians and No Shows

There is a growing unpleasant of artists who do not pitch for events they have been booked for; or simultaneously, there could be another development – false advertising – where artists’ names are used to draw large crowds.

Musicians and promoters in their mission to put bread on the table seem to have resorted to obscene means of securing their means. To many, this is tantamount to fraud and deception to gain an unfair advantage over their unsuspecting fans who swoon at the mention of their name, their presence and entire existence.

The month of May has just begun and bottomless grievances are pouring in of no show musicians at gigs they have been booked and paid for. Instead of leaving the crowd stunned by a spectacular show they are leaving revellers disappointed.

Exhibit A; This past weekend Eswatini’s DJ Uncle Waffles was scheduled to perform in Botswana. She never pitched up for the shows and continues to be silent on her lack of presence at the show. Exhibit B; Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival 10th Anniversary but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig.

In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha.
The statement continued; “Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel…

Above and beyond we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the full booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation

“All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.” Adds the statement. Exhibit C; South African artist Prince Benza’s passport was confiscated by the Deputy Sheriffs pending payment for damages on breach of contract.

He was scheduled to perform at Mogobane on the 31st of December at the Reflector Music Festival but did not appear as well. He nabbed when he came into the country for a separate event.
The President of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), Gilbert Seagile this week had his company; Gilbert Promotions registered in South Africa.

This puts him in an ideal spot to become an intermediary and help solve the feud between Botswana and South African artists and their no show at events.  Seagile emphasized that it’s not only international artists that miss events but even the local artists have the same tendencies. He elaborated that reasons for artists not pitching up are many amongst them ; breach of contracts , promoters not paying deposits and some can be natural like artist testing positive for Covid-19.

The BEPA president also indicated that fly-by-night promoters are also a concern as they do not follow the BEPA Code of conduct, “BEPA members are well coordinated, they have the code of conduct which guides them to do things accordingly. The government is pushing for promoters to join BEPA they have already started refusing with permits when one is not a member of BEPA.” he emphasized

Seagile said that the association is in talks with the South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA) to provide protection of Botswana Promoters that when artists miss shows they can be able to rope in their lawyers in South Africa through SAMPA and Botswana through BEPA to compensate for losses incurred as a result of this exploitation.

He said another way of dealing with this matter is for Promoters to issue a contract to the artist as currently the norm is that the artist produces the contract to the promoter so this solution can help the promoters to protect themselves.

In an interview with Weekendlife, Superintendent Tumediso of Urban Police Station enunciated that matters of no show artists are normally reported by the promoter who normally comes as the complainant. The matter is then taken forward taking into consideration the evidence, this will in turn assist in determining on whether the case is theft, obtaining by false pretence or fraud.
When it is all said and done, revellers love musicians to hate them and hate them to love them. It is an unending toxic relationship which no one wants to pull away from.

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