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2013 MyStar Top 7 Finalist Headed For Big Dreams

Vusi Botshelo started singing in 2007 while still enrolling with Nanogang CJSS.  By then this young singer was only 14 years old. He did not only sing at school but the young man decided to join other community choirs such as Maikano Serenadors in 2008 under Mr Dingalo’s direction.

“This is where I competed nationwide and beyond boarders,” says Vusi. He continues to say “I joined Catholic Church choirs and that is where I sharpened my talent.  Vusi explains that he then went to South Africa and Swaziland for competitions. When the touring was over, the ambitious young man joined St Joseph School choir under Mr. Dire as the conductor. “Currently I’m at Winners Chapel and my music director is Mr. Bimbo Oladapo Johnson from Nigeria.

It was much to the shock and disappointment of the audience in 2013 at My Star as an emotional Vusi left the show. Although it was always going to be a tough battle for the deep-voiced and gifted Vusi as he was up against Tebogo who had also been doing well in the completion and finally became the winner. It takes someone with a rare talent to be able to swim when thrown into the deep end.

Ever since My Star fame Vusi seems to have grown, “My Star competition helped me to discover myself,” says Vusi. He continues to say that he instead of drawing himself back because he could not win the competition; he then got serious and passionate about going to the next level. “At the moment I am focusing on gospel music that is more youthful with much enthusiasm and energy,” He said. As a recording young artist Vusi says he chose the genre because he is a Christian and he feels his voice is best portrayed when he praises his God.

“I am currently working on my single track titled "Never seen anybody like you" which is almost done though, releasing it Mid April, featuring one Nigerian singer,” he explained. Although Vusi seems so busy with his single track he is only on another project. “Last year I had a breakthrough ministering at Winners chapel with my group which will be launched early this year called "We must Praise", it was a fantastic performance we did,” he smiles.

He highlights that his singing does wonders for him as people believe that he has the talent. “Kgotso (South African gospel artist) was impressed after seeing me perform at church and he has invited me to join him on tour 4 his new upcoming album launch in Botswana Mid march.” He says. Vusi continues to say that We Must Praise group is looking 4 talented, skilful young singers who could join the team to give GOD skilful deep rich worth praise.  Apart from being in the studio, Vusi is a vocal training couch and a student

We must Praise Auditions are billed for  March, date, venue and fee are yet to be confirmed, but  for more information call 74869595/71996138, or follow him on facebook at "Vusi VuVu Botshelo"

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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