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Kayzee better than ‘old wine’ in second album

One of Botswana’s finest vocalists, producer and song composers, Kagiso Micah Nkwatle is just about to offer his second album in which he appears more refined – than old wine.

Kayzee, as he is affectionately called by his legion of fans, will release his second album, Tsa Lorato at the end of November and should be on shelves all over the stores on the 1st of December 2014.

The album launch is slated for O’haggans on the 19/11/2014 from 0800hrs – 0000hrs. Kayzee has limited the number of supporting artists this time around as he intends to dish out his all to his fans. During the album launch he will also perform songs from the previous albums which he did not have the opportunity to share during the launch of the first album due to a congested line up. The gifted singer says in his latest offering, he comes up mature and finer than old wine.

There will also be a live DVD shoot during the launch.

Kayzee is not an ordinary performance artist you meet in the streets. He is a soft spoken, humble, visionary and unique artist. Yes, he is an Afro urban soul artist who grew up in a music oriented family; he became very passionate about music to the extent of being self-taught in almost playing all the musical instruments ranging from guitar, keyboard to drums.

He oozes with confidence as he describes his music as a new genre called Afro-urban soul. The music is dominated by sounds called Electric Piano (Rhodes), he explains. He further describes it as containing an up tempo and mid tempo beat. The colourful and flowing music is predominantly on romance-soothing love songs all the way.

Kayzee writes his own lyrics, creates his melodies and builds solid arranged beats for his own music. He strongly believes in strict live performance music. His great talents cannot be denied.

The Afro-urban soul man is influenced by the likes of American soul artists, Soul Child Musiq and D’Angelo. Regionally he gets along with the South African Jonathan Buttler.The cordial relationship between Kayzee and these three accomplished artists is their peculiar range of singing and the tone they apply in their music. Furthermore he feels a deep sense of connection when listening to the artists.

“I am very proud of my music because of its uniqueness, what sets it apart from the rest as the best is that it technically applies all the music techniques I learnt at school,” says the producer come performance artist.

The Afro-Urban singer makes it crystal clear that his music is unique in a sense that it infuses jazz and Rhythm N Blues (RNB).If that is not enough there is also divine African expressions added to the soulful music.

It is indeed a rare combination of best of both worlds. Kayzee has always had passion for music. It runs in his blood – he eats, talks and walks music. He started by creating beats at home using a keyboard and storing them in a floppy disk whilst growing up in Francistown. People started recognising his talent and his production was soon in demand. One notable artist who acquired his services was Odirile Sento aka Vee with the production of a smash Hit Pompa Tswidi Tswidi.

After his breakthrough our Afro-urban soul man moved his talents to the capital city Gaborone where he rubbed shoulders with giants like Nuff Respect artists producing beats for them in the likes of Diathoteng, Makhesho and Mapetla.

Kayzee outdid himself when he worked with the MICASA producer Dr Duda working on Easy B’s album on the track tittle “Ke Nako”. His star started shining brighter in 2011 when he released his very own album titled Mmamontsho. The title tracks “Bosigo jona” and “Nokuthula” are still enjoying massive airplay to date.

He recently performed with other local artists at the BNYC awards ceremony. His die hard love for music and passion has kept him going even in the darkest hours. He creates his music from the natural sounds experienced in everyday life. His most important inspiration is God.

Kayzee believes in the unity, collaboration and assistance of artists so that they work together in developing the music industry in Botswana. He believes that there is a lot of talent in Botswana that needs nurturing and mentoring thus always availing himself. He always gives technical assistant to other upcoming artists.

Highlights of Kayzee’s career include creating a hit beat for one of the best sons of the soil in Botswana – Vee for the track Pompa Tswisitswidi; Live performance for two weeks in South Africa at Phala Borwa, North West Province; Production and collaboration with Remmogo All Stars artists; BNYC awards performance; and working with MICASA producer Dr Duda.

Born and bred in the City Of Francistown 32 years ago, Kayzee is such a phenomenal artist with an amazing talent. He hails from the villages of Manyana and Mochudi. He has always had a dream that one day he will be a well accomplished artist because he was always surrounded by people who inspired and believed in him.

Kayzee derives his name from Kaizer – which is synonymous with the football fraternity – but it later changed at high school when his friends started calling him by the former. He was to later adopt it as his stage name.

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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020

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.”

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020

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.

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Miss Earth Botswana catwalks to save the environment

22nd September 2020

Miss Earth Botswana is an annual local environmental-themed beauty pageant competition promoting environmental awarenessconservation and social responsibility. The reigning Queen dedicated her year to promoting specific projects and often addressing issues concerning the environment.

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.

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