Obakeng Mosepele, stage named, “CAPITAL d.y.g,” was born and raised in Dibete. The “d.y.g” stands for Dignitive Young Glisten. The 24 year old did his Primary education in Dibete and his junior in Mookane. Apart from music, he is currently a student at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, pursuing a Degree in Broadcasting and Journalism. “I want to be a broadcaster on either TV or Radio, if it’s writing, I prefer film scripts and I also like Public Relations”.
Music journey To him, music is driven by passion, “it’s something I can’t ignore, especially that I have been trying to get up for about 10 years now,” he stated. According to CAPITAL d.y.g, he was lead into Hip Hop music culture by his brother whom he looked up to, John Mosepele. His brother died in 2005 at the age of 22. “Around 2002 I could rap but couldn’t write,” he says.
He goes on to say, “When I was in Junior School, I met a guy called Sechaba Makhiwa, in people I interact with, he was the first person I saw doing both, writing and rapping.” Makhiwa is a brother to P.K Maada, a local known Hip-Hop rapper. “He taught me the mechanisms and poetry of rap, we used to do battle raps together and even performed in prize givings,” explains Mosepele.
The young man told Weekendlife that at one prize giving they used one of G-Unit’s songs; he says they replaced the lyrics with theirs and used the beat. He also got the chance of being a school D.J and by that time he could write his own songs. “I once performed at Radical Concept concert which was held at University of Botswana, it was a Gospel thing,” said CAPITAL d.y.g.
Initially, he was doing Christian hip-hop and realised it is exclusive to Christians and he changed it something inclusive. “I wanted something to relate to all, so everyone can listen to what I have to say,” he expressed.
About the single CAPITAL d.y.g has been recording since 2012 and has been performing the songs but he says he is not going to use them. “I started afresh, am rebranding my craft,” smiled the passion driven young artist. He goes on to explain that the single is called “special” and is about real life situations.
“When I write, I look at what I am going through, the people around me, around you, around us and the real life situations,” said CAPITAL d.y.g. he explained that the first verse of the song is about a girl child raised by a single mother but didn’t understand. The other verses are different, because he does not want to sound natural, he wants to complicate things.
The single was recorded at World of Music (school) at African mall. He is currently looking for a record label to help him put his music out there because the World of Music is not into signing artists. “Special” has been online since the 28th of November and so far the response is good. Next year a video of the song will be made and partnered with something new.
Difference from others He went on to say that he considers his music motivational and inspirational; it is made to change people. “for example, people believe that the Holy Bible is for church going people, if so then that means there is something wrong with God because He is for all so the Book is for anyone who needs hope and so is my music,” declared Mosepele. He argued that there is no platform more influential like music because people can want to wear and talk like The President but cannot practice it.
He continued saying with music, they listen, and copy musicians. “As artists, we should be careful on what we say because it can build or destroy people,” warned the concerned Mosepele. He articulated that if all goes well, he wants to be involved more in charity work, especially street kids.
He pronounced that he couldn’t do another genre because to him it’s like killing a child u raised up to 9 years and adopting another.
Behaviour during music Music is passion up to a certain level, and then it becomes business. It then limits the time one has with family and friend thus people should understand that one will be making a living as well. The upcoming artist declared that his behaviour towards people will remain the same, which is respecting them. “Getting in music can be easy but staying in there is hard, most artists got destroyed by pride, they tell themselves that they are the best therefore don’t need anyone,” he stated.
Music role model He looks up to international rap artist, Kendrik Lamar and is motivated by his craft lyrically. Locally he looks up to hard working artists like Zeus and Vee. To listen to “special”, one can get a link through his facebook profile.
Facebook profile: Dignitive Young Glisten Twitter: @ CAPITAL-d.y.g Cell: 75437526
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.