Mophato contemporary dance group will today (Saturday) share a cake as it celebrates its 5th year of existence in the music industry. The contemporary music outfit will host an event at Maitisong at Maruapula School which will run from 1900hrs.
The group, which started off as merely a quartet, can trace its origins as far back as 2009. Fast forward a few years, the Group can now boast of a fourteen member crew. The founder of the group Andrew Letso Kola, in 2009, gave birth to what was to be the first ever Afro fusion and contemporary dance company in Botswana.
Though they initially struggled to win the hearts of Batswana, they were not deterred and they found huge success on their tours to places such as Namibia, United Kingdom, China at the Shanghai Expo, Nigeria, South Africa and Belgium, to showcasing their offering.
Mophato eventually won support locally, taking part in different competitions and events such as the Stepping Stone programme dance umbrella in 2012 where they won pick of the stepping stones 1st award. They have performed at the Miss Botswana pageant, supported jazz guru Shanti Lo at the launch of his album and competed in the Presidents Day arts competitions.
The cream of the cake however was when they showed their mettle by scooping 1st prize award at the My African Dream (MAD) battle of finalists on the 25th March 2011 and they were awarded fifty thousand pula (P50,000) as prize money.
This was the first time that a contemporary dance group won the competition, beating the somewhat more popular kwaito dances and solo vocalists.
The Group promises to finish off this year with another first in the performing arts.
This treat that the group has planned for its anniversary celebrations will involve a highly energetic dance which requires hard training and focus as they will combine all the routine dances they have ever performed, into one performance. The dance is said to take a very long time and promises to be eye catching with a combination of attires and musical drums.
Despite members leaving the group for various reasons, the group has always managed to attract new members. While the turnover of members poses a challenge on the group to pull off the combined dance routines that they have performed over the years, this will not stop them in their tracks.
Kola confirmed that this mix masala of dances will be the norm after every five years. “Our plan is that every five years, we will show Batswana what we managed to produce in the five years and that will also help us to grow as a brand,” he said. The group will next year continue their good work outside the country. They have been invited to perform at festivals in Norway, Japan and Spain and the dates will be confirmed at a later stage.
The tickets for the event are selling for P70 and can be purchased at Maitisong Theatre and Web Tickets.
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.