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Inside DRAMABOIS dramatic life

Motswako lyricist and probably the best in this game Dramaboi, is quite a great music writer and by the look of things, he writes from the bottom of his heart, what he goes through and what he feels at that particular time.

Just like any other artist, pouring feelings in a song is such an inordinate thing to do, because you let go, but sometimes these guys leave us conjecturing what is what and how that became possible, so in essence, they not doing us any justice.

As an artist, spontaneously you a household name and you have thousands of cohorts, haters and those you inspire who would like to know what goes on in your life, and that is why this story is necessary right now, to get to comprehend Dramaboi’s glum life.Thuto Ramphaleng, a Motswako star who is famously known as Dramaboi has been trying so hard to converse how dejected his life is on social media.

At first, one will think he is high, stoned or something, but get me right, I’m not saying Dramaboi is into drugs neither I’m I saying he takes in too much of adult beverages. What I’m saying is, the content posted there raised eyebrows, at least mine, and I was stirred to gibe down into more fine details.But before that, Dramaboi posted recently on his Facebook page how tangy his relationship with his own blood family is. It was such a shudder for he is a superstar, no one would expect a megastar to be canned the way his family treats him, if at all he was being genuine.

I felt his agony though, because you could see from the post that he was blue and heart broken, poor boy! ‘’I have an older sister who will never call on her little brother to ask if he is Okay. My mother spent the entire year without texting or calling. My blood brother would rather see me dead or in prison that to see me win. It’s impossible for my father to call me and ask how I am doing. This whole money, power and fame thing will mess you up man. Sometimes I just can’t wait till I am dead next to my grandmother. She is the only one who used to call me to check if I’m doing fine and this is so true.

Something is broken inside me. People love you when you are no longer alive and that s**t is the strangest’’There we go. It’s actually spot-on, Dramaboi is not happy. His family has dissociated itself from him, his much-loved soul passed on, prominence and supremacy have messed him up and it’s all a catastrophe. With over three thousand reactions, some way too hilarious, fans had mixed feelings about this status. ‘’Is this a new released song? So sad and emotional”. Bontle Modise passed a silly joke.

‘’Strangest? No! The strangest thing is when you disrespected and went over someone’s parents like you did last time” says Thapelo Baitshepi. One comment said ‘’The whole family cannot turn against you, please find a way to solve this issue, go for counselling all of you guys or church. Your mother brought you to this world; we all need mother figure so you won’t sabotage that opportunity while you are both alive. Facebook will mislead you and say you can live without your family, life is all about compromising even where you see that you are not wrong’’ and this was Shay Spunki’s comment.

One comment that caught my attention was ‘’If your whole family isn’t talking to you, maybe you must take a closer look at yourself. I’m just saying you should consider calling them for reconciliation rather than wait for them. You need your family’’ said Dare to Ottis. Another one said ‘’When you started this music thing you could come to my house and spend the whole day making music and I was your older brother, times have changed but my door is still open. I am always ready to welcome you’’ and this was from Lebogang Mpelega. ‘’At times you are the problem, but you don’t realise it’’.

From these comments, you could realise that Dramaboi has a lot to do, or in fact, he might be the one complicating his own life. Is he doing right or wrong? That is one question on the list of questions sent to his manager a week ago.As he already said, Dramaboi’s pillar was his grandmother, and it’s evident he left the boy depressed and low. On Christmas Day last year, he said ‘’Grandmother, I bought you five roses tea and long life milk; I wish you had a long life. I felt slept with tears in my eyes’’ *translated*. In his song, Sala Le Nna, the rapper was actually paying tribute to his late grandmother, saying the departed woman nurtured him into an adult he is today, even in difficult times. He featured her younger sister, Katlego, who has been doing well in the music circles too.

The boy also shared what left me asking if he is emotionally okay…’’I wonder why fame and fortune leave you traumatized’’. And he went on to say ‘’It’s cold inside me. My heart froze, but my rhymes are still fire’’. The question now is, is Dramaboi being serious here or he is just too playful. I doubt he is jesting, but something needs to be done. We won’t turn a blind eye to these kinds of posts, more especially if you a public figure.

Questions sent to his manager were not retorted to the time of going to print.


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‘Mindset’ unlocks positive mindset

2nd February 2023
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.

At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.

He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.

“I became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, that’s when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didn’t have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.”

The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. “I felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I don’t have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.”

Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.

“I heard about the artist’s capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.”

Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasn’t even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.

“Working with DJ Fresh is really cool. It’s not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I can’t wait to do more with his mentorship.”

Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg

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All The Star She Is lands on BTV

2nd February 2023
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.

Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.

Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.

The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three months’ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.

“Celebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. It’s really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.”

Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.

There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.

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Lifestyle enthusiasts feel Big Brother vibes

27th January 2023

This past weekend MultiChoice Botswana hosted media and lifestyle enthusiasts in Oodi for an evening of fun, drama and everything in between. The treat dubbed Big Brother Titans Botswana media challenge basically recreated the Big Brother experience right here in Botswana.

Big Brother Titans is the joint South African and Nigerian edition of the Big Brother franchise. The series follows contestants as they live in an isolated house and compete for a cash prize at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by the viewers.

These viewers vote their favorite housemates to stay on the show. The show features housemates from South Africa and Nigeria. The first season of the show premiered on January 15 2023 on DStv.

DStv Botswana Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila told WeekendLife that they saw it critical to host media friends to experience how it feels by being in the Big Brother house.

“For the very first time in history of Big Brother, we’ve seen the merging of two superpowers, Mzansi and Naija, with the Big Brother Titans season and what a better way to celebrate the monumental season than hosting our media friends.”


Participants were treated to top notch reception complimented by the Oodi sunset which just blew them away. A special shuttle was organized from Gaborone to Oodi, at a farm house that is just incredible in terms of design, aesthetics and ambience.

Of course they were welcomed by soft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for those who are not drinkers, and the next booth was an opportunity for housemates to introduce themselves to the man of the house, Biggie. RB2’s new baby Mdu the Party played the role of Biggie, and he nailed the character.

Some of the contestants were asked what they will do with the grand prize of P5000. With my ongoing voluntary movement, #Pad4HER, I needed the cash prize to push the campaign.  #Pad4HER is a campaign that I started last year with an aim of helping female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to sanitary towels. Anyway, luck was not on my side but my colleague from The Botswana Gazette, Gosego Motsumi emerged as the winner.

We got done with the questions and made way into the house. The party began with more drinks and the first challenge kicked off. For this particular challenge, we were divided into pairs. I was matched with Motsumi and we won the first challenge.


Other housemates asked how we managed but it was simple: we had a strategy before embarking on the challenge. We sat down and debated on what we need to do in order to emerge victorious.

DStv engaged a phenomenal local chef, Rachel Tlagae who served some enchanting, light meal. Its Big Brother Titans so we ought to mind what we eat and also take note of quantities. Chefs also brought some wine to go with the meal and everyone was contented.


Housemates were taken through the last challenge: mental ability. This particular challenge needed them to know who they are as well as knowing their fellow housemates. It was one of the simplest challenges yet difficult. This is where I lost lot of points even though I was at the top (after winning the first challenge).

These housemates were all unique in their own way. From the media side was myself, Sharon Mathala, Leungo Mokgwathi, Gosego Motsumi and Nancy Ramokhua. This is a team which did exceptionally well altogether. Motsumi emerged as the winner, followed by Mathala and me on fourth position.

The third position was won by Loungo Pitse from influencer’s side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.

Legwaila said “We wanted to have a healthy mix of traditional media (print and radio) as well as social media personalities, artists and content creators in the house. We chose individuals who were characteristically different from each other because variety and diversity is important to us. We of course chose those with outgoing personalities as well as those who are a little more introverted as we wanted the interaction to be authentic and organic. We wanted a solid group of individuals who represented the many different people that make up this beautiful country.”


When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said “MultiChoice Africa is focused on entertaining audiences all over Africa with the current Big Brother franchises; BB Titans, Mzansi and Naija. Though we have no immediate plans to have a Big Brother Botswana in the future, we are continuously looking at ways to entertain our Botswana audience with local content and we are excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks from our country.”

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