Sereetsi & the Natives is due to play the newest grand music festival on the South African lifestyle calendar dubbed Mahika Mahikeng, alongside some of the region's biggest stars such as Nathi, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Tshepo Tshola, The Soil, Oliver Mtukudzi, Jaziel Brothers, Bhudaza, among many others.
The Botswana act is billed to serenade South Africans with hits like Robete,Thaa Kokome, Ke Boletsa Mongwe and Botengteng on December 13th at Lotlamoreng Dam, Mafikeng.
"This is a great opportunity to have a piece of the South African market. All of South Africa would have descended on Mafikeng on that weekend," says Sereetsi.
The gig comes at a time when Sereetsi & the Natives is looking to grow its international gig schedule. "We are happy that all the pieces seem to be falling into place. We are really focused on gigging internationally and the interest across the border has been mindblowing," he adds.
Sereetsi & the Natives also hopes to use the gig for networking on industry issues and finding international touring agents. "We are taking the gig seriously. This is not to say that we won't have fun. We are going to really play our regular set and ensure that we make it fun for ourselves as much as is possible. That has been our secret – to have as much fun as is possible while working. We have the best job in the world," observes Sereetsi.
The outing follows an international festival showing in Durban in October where Sereetsi & the Natives performed with South African musicians and hosted a guitar workshop for the academic community that attended the International Council of Traditional Music conference at the University of KwaZulu Natal.
Sereetsi and the Natives is also booked for the Hamptons Festival on February 2016. Thegroup is also cooking a gig dubbed Ramokgwabana Crossings through which they shall share a stage with artists from Zimbabwe and possibly Zambia. Seeretse says they intend to perform in various countries in the near future, “we will be travelling to Europe as well to improve our international standing and sell Botswana culture and music in particular,” said Sereetsi.
Bojanala Waterfront for Charity
Meanwhile Sereetsi and the Natives are billed to provide alternative gig this festive on New Year’s Eve. On the 31st of December Sereetsi and the Natives will be in concert with Duma FM DJs at the Bojanala Water Front where they will play a bit lighter, soft melodies for the audience.
Tomeletso Sereetsi explained that the session is meant to cater for the family, middle class, profesionals and all people who are interested in live soft music. He emphasised that the proceeds of the concert will go to charity.
Sereetsi and the Natives have partnered with Duma FM and the venue owner to give back to the community during these holidays.
Sereetsi agrees that this should be an alternative to the other festivals that plague the city during this period. “We coming with an alternative, we will be playing live music and with the right tone for the occasion,” he stated.
Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.
They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.
This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.
Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.
The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.
However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.
This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.
His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.
KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.
If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.
KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.
This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.
After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.
Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.
Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.
With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.