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Steez leads in BOT50 campaign hype

PATRIOTIC: His new single titled ‘Pula’ is a celebration of Botswana, her people and the milestone achivements

Recording hip hop artist, Vincent Tiro better known as Steez, has come up with a music driven campaign called “Hype up BOT 50” as a way of adding value to government`s concerted efforts to create the much needed hype, anticipation and excitement amongst Batswana for the much anticipated BOT 50 celebrations.

The #hypeupBOT50 campaign was rolled out yesterday (Friday) on social media, two radio singles and a music video were also dropped. “We are well aware that BOT 50 is still putting together what will be the official theme song hence we decided to release these BOT 50 themed songs to keep the BOT 50 music flame burning until such a time the official theme song joins them, all in the interest of hyping up BOT 50 and celebrating Botswana,” said Steez.

The first single called Pula is a celebration of Botswana, her people and the milestone achievements and falls directly under the (hip hop/Motswako) music genre which is popular with the youth. The single also features an audio clip intro from 1965 prior to our Independence by Sir Seretse Khama shedding light on the vision he had for modern day Botswana. The single features Tumelo Johwa (King Tux) and it was produced by Amantle Gababotse (Juz Beatz).

The second single which is for the young and old is a fusion of Afro Jazz and traditional praise poetry introduced one of the finest BW talents to come out this year in the form of a young and gifted songstress by the name Kamogelo Phutsisi (Lizzy), a form five student at Madiba Senior in Mahalapye. The song speaks of our Tswana pride, our people, our cultural diversity, our diamonds, our national heroes’ amongst others.It also presents Steez in a different light this time around as a traditional praise poet. The song was produced by Thabang Percy Saakane (Percy P-Jay) who is a Mahalapye based producer.

The Pula video which also premièred on TV yesterday was shot at the 3 Dikgosi Monument to capture the essence of “our gratitude towards the 3 Dikgosi for having secured a future for us, a place we now know as modern day Botswana” Steez highlighted.

The video shoot is a collaboration between 3 Batswana youth owned companies namely Parable motion, Nio Visulas and Homegrown Concepts and it also features wardrobe strictly by Botswana brands namely Pedigree Sports, Brave World (renowned for their Botswana 1966 T shirt collection) and GatshFros (Renowned for their traditional mogagolwane wear collection).

From a patriotism point of view, these songs will follow in the footsteps of another song Steez wrote back in 2012 called “Zebras 4 Life” which was a dedication to the national soccer team, Zebras after their first ever qualification for the AFCON.  Driven by the love for his country and being the patriot that he is, Steez went on to shoot the video for this song and it was used by Botswana Television to promote all Zebras games throughout the 2012 AFCON tournament.

The rapper revealed that they have prepared proposals which will aid them to further engage with relevant stakeholders on how they can further improve the campaign such that it’s inclusive and makes every Motswana have a sense of ownership of the BOT 50 celebrations. Those interested in taking part in the campaign can call 75325242 for more information.

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Self-taught fashion designer speaks

26th July 2022

A job, lucrative or not, is a job after all. Sometimes one has to compromise in order to make a living, few people get a job their dream jobs. But once in a while there is an emergence of people who listen to their inner calling to pursue their passion.

The founder and head designer of Butterfly Couture, Chawa July is one of those few people who left their job to pursue their passion. An inspiring fact about July is that she is a self-taught fashion designer, she used to copy patterns from her old clothes until she learnt how to draw them, and she also searched information from the internet to increase her knowledge and skills.

“It all started as a hobby from my love for beautiful dresses and I started adjusting and making clothes for myself. Gradually people around me started to take interest in my craft and the hobby slowly grew into a profitable business,” July said.

The 41 year fashion designer from Molepolole worked her way up in the Procurement space for over 10 years. She worked at Stanbic Bank, Kromberg & Schubert and Clover Dairy as a Procurement supervisor. Her last job before she entered the fashion industry was a Manager for Contacts & Sourcing at a Facilities Management Company.

She established her fashion house in October 2019 and it has become synonyms with elegant wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear. July said when designing she is inspired by various aspects such as the client’s personality, the mood of the event and the theme. She further mentioned that every opportunity is to show her craft so she always aims to please.

“Every Butterfly Couture piece must represent the elegance and the creativity the brand is about,” she said. Butterfly Couture has adorned beauty queens; Miss Botswana 2021/2022 Ambrociah Samboko at Miss Universe in South Korea and Miss Botswana 2019,Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane during her reign of which is the highlight of her career. They have also marked their presence in a few fashion events locally and in the neighbouring countries.”

They showcased at The Grand Palm Wedding Expo, Masa Fashion Show, Miss Botswana Fashion Show and Sacunda plus Size Fashion Show. The will also be showcasing at Gabs July Fashion Show on the 15th of July alongside the South African designer, popularly known as the King of glamour David Tlale.

July also identified that one of the challenges they face in the couture is that, it’s a seasonal business. “There are times in the year when the business is great and challenging. Winter in particular, is difficult time to stay afloat as there aren’t as many events that people are inspired to dress spectacularly for,” she said. She further said that her aim is to be a prime couturier of choice in Botswana.

“Craft like your life depends on it because every happy client is 10 more referrals” is what she said when asked to serve a word of wisdom to people hoping to make it in the fashion industry.

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Gospel awards re-organised

26th July 2022

The Botswana Gospel Music Awards (BOGMA) and the Annual Gospel Awards (AGA) are said to be no longer in existence and a joint venture project has been put up that will carry out the awarding of gospel musicians.

The new entity has been established as Gospel Music Awards, which is a project at this moment is nearer to dishing out the first Gospel Awards under the leadership of the dissolved entities (BOGMA and AGA). “The difference is the same, it is just that the two projects were run by different minds which had differing objectives,” said the project coordinator, Letsweletse Moshabi when asked what the difference was between the two previous awards.

He added that at this junction their focus is on the future of the gospel musicians and they would like to direct their energies to the new project and forgo the past projects. “The Music market especially the gospel genre is too small and that basically means the very small market was experiencing the imbalance in the supply and demand forces. At that stage, supply was more than the demand so the reason for the joint forces is to allow the supply and demand forces to readjust and form equilibrium,” added Moshabi.

The mandate and objectives of the project are to recognize and award gospel music talent, to create awareness of the Botswana gospel music industry and to create a platform where fellow musicians may exchange ideas and network amongst themselves and approach international markets in cohesion.

The first of these joint awards will be held on the 27th August 2022 at Molapo Showcase under the theme ‘Cohesiveness to Build’ where about 18 categories will be up for grabs.

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Makhadzi, Master KG invade Thamaga

18th July 2022

The Kumnandi Ekhaya musik festival will be held on the 30th September 2022 at Thamaga village. The event coincides with the release of famous host, Dj Ngwazi’s first album called ‘spring day’ on the 2nd of September 2022.

The Thamaga born and raised Lefika Lushen Kebatlege is a disc jockey and a music producer signed under WanitwaMos Entertainment in South Africa. Famously known as Dj Ngwazi and formally known as DJ superstar, he has really worked hard to become one of the finest export DJs the country has produced. Internationally, he is described as a DJ from South African because of his works with popular music artist Master KG.

Meanwhile, the music festival will feature South African artists, Makhazi, Master KG, Prince Benza and Mthunzi. They will also be joined by some of the big local artists, Franco, Vee Mampeezy, among others.  “The tickets of the concert will be available at Spar stores, webticket and Kings bar. There will be three categories for VIP tickets, the one that goes for P1000, P1500 and P2200,” said the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest promoter Sadie Swartz of Saysay Entertainment.

“We have a new system to tackle the cry of promoters about security at the events. We will have a team of 100 security men, 10 horses and 15 dogs. We also agreed with the police to help with traffic control and no tickets will be sold at the gate to avoid circulation of money which can attract thieves,” said Kagiso Gaodumelwe from All Night Security.

“I started deejaying back in the days when I was still schooling at Kagiso Senior School and I never stopped working towards my career since then. I have a career in South Africa, since 2018 when Master KG took me in and his support as a brother has taken me to places,” said DJ Ngwazi describing his career journey.

“Kumnandi Ekhaya is Zulu language which means ‘go monate ko gae’ in Setswana. The name came about as a way of inviting my South African fans and supporters to my home village Thamaga to come experience the joy that comes with celebrating our freedom and independence. I used isiZulu because it’s the dominant language in South Africa,” explained Dj Ngwazi.

“The concert will be held in an open space which was used for agricultural purposes and we would like to call it ‘Ko Legoleng’. With this concert I want to redeem the dignity of our village because we once had the cases of youth who were terrorizing the community, beating up people in the streets and stealing and these was really a concern in our community because they were tarnishing the village name,” said Dj Ngwazi.

The purpose of this concert is to empower the community of Thamaga and local artist, more especially artist from Thamaga village like, Kgabo Sereto traditional group. There will be a litter picking campaign around the village before the launch of the concert .The sponsors which are already on board are Dladleng Entertainment and Kings bar and there are still more sponsors to be revealed.

”As the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest management, we are going to buy food combos and take them to Thamaga village Kgotla so they can be donated to the less privileged and orphans. Starting from October we will be donating pads to all Junior Schools in Thamaga,” said Dj Ngwazi. Dj Ngwazi’s motivational words to other artist and everyone else; work hard, be patient and be determined.

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