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Muvhango Executive Producer binds to vest local aspirant actors

Creator and Executive Director of South African leading television soap opera Muvhango, Duma Ndlovu is expected in the country early next month to conduct acting auditions intended to select a certain number of Batswana actors who will be drawn into acting bridging course offered by Duma Ndlovu Actor’s Academy DNA.

To be held on the 1st February at Botho University, the auditions will give preference to graduates from Colleges and Universities who have been studying drama and television related courses but not closing doors to those who believe to be talented in acting.

In an interview with Weekend Life, Managing Director of Semi House Productions and Coordinator of FMM Trust Michael Mosipidi designated that the whole intention is to bridge the gap between students who have just graduated from performing arts institutions and show a keen interest to entering into the acting industry. ‘’Ndlovu has showed commitment to developing the arts and entertainment industry not only in Botswana, but throughout Southern Africa. This time around he will be here in the country to meet and infuse acting skills on film graduates who sees a niche in this industry.

The local acting industry has not being budding for quite a long time now and his visit here is only fitting so as to work on gaps that needed to be fixed’’ he said.The DNA Academy is a brainchild of Dr Ndlovu, who is also the Founder and Managing Director of Word of Mouth Pictures. Since its existence in South Africa in 2005, the academy has conducted a successful class of graduates offering a free of charge one-year bridging course that converted them into focused professional, ready and responsible enough to venture and do exceptionally well in the acting industry.

‘’Many aspiring actors in South Africa, who are relatively young graduated from these classes and most of them are surpassing in various theatre and television productions in South Africa, and for Ndlovu to be coming here, the whole aim is to reach the same goals. He wants young Batswana to consider acting as a career that can help uplift them, subsequently contributing towards the development of the industry and the economy of the country. It is a noble gesture coming from someone who is not a citizen of this country, and to be providing these classes for free, it’s just exceptional’’ Mosipidi noted.

According to Mosipidi, in South Africa, Ndlovu conducts classes of actors every Thursday and he made a pledge to carry-out the same particular course to the aspirant actors in Botswana last year. ‘’It was during our meeting that myself and other close networks of mine were assigned to organize the realization of this course here in Botswana for the year 2020. The class will open opportunities that will see our local actors performing at same competency with that of international counterparts in different local and international television productions. The aim of this relationship is to expose and export the local talent. We believe that the talent of our people can be a number strategy in diversification of our ailing economy’’

He stressed that in Botswana, a class of acting aspirants will be conducted after every two months for the whole of this year, saying that both auditions and the one-year acting course are free of charge.‘’This is a voluntary excise that is meant to raise the competency level of Batswana actors to the better and make them able to compete against their counterparts over the world. It is a continued generous support that Ndlovu through our partnership  conducted some acting auditions in which three of Batswana actors found a space to act in his popular soapy Muvhango just recently’’.

Meanwhile, during courtesy visit at the University of Venda Research Centre last year, Ndlovu sensitized students about the nature of the television industry and what they need to do to get into the industry. He said ‘’our youth of today focused more on becoming actors and actresses because they want fame. In the television industry there are several career paths that media studies students can partake. There is being a producer, script writer, interpreter, video editor, art director, content strategist and audio visual technician amongst others’’

He expressed that in his company, he hires only those who have qualifications as he believes in bringing new faces and talent in the industry. I encourage you to study hard until you graduate because now as we speak, I no longer anyone without a degree. Language representation is one of the most vital matters and this matter has triggered me to start a Tshivenda soap opera. Develop hunger and thirst for success. The industry needs individuals who are ambitious, self-motivated and determined’’.Muvhango is a South African television soap opera that has over 5.5 million viewers.

The first episode was aired on 7th April 1997 and it was the first Tshivenda language TV drama, but later became multi-lingual in order to showcase that languages and cultures of South Africa should be used to unite rather than divide. The creator of Muvhango Ndlovu is Zulu by ancestry, but can speak and is fluent in all South African languages.The show is built on a premise that people exist within a context. The show has strong family orientated storylines that seeks to speak to the conflict between the traditional and the modern ways.

The Vhakwevho’s are the custodians of the traditional side of the show while the Johannesburg lot focuses on the modern ways. In 2006 the series was nominated for the South African Film and Television Award for best soap opera.

 

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Self-taught fashion designer speaks

26th July 2022
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A job, lucrative or not, is a job after all. Sometimes one has to compromise in order to make a living, few people get a job their dream jobs. But once in a while there is an emergence of people who listen to their inner calling to pursue their passion.

The founder and head designer of Butterfly Couture, Chawa July is one of those few people who left their job to pursue their passion. An inspiring fact about July is that she is a self-taught fashion designer, she used to copy patterns from her old clothes until she learnt how to draw them, and she also searched information from the internet to increase her knowledge and skills.

“It all started as a hobby from my love for beautiful dresses and I started adjusting and making clothes for myself. Gradually people around me started to take interest in my craft and the hobby slowly grew into a profitable business,” July said.

The 41 year fashion designer from Molepolole worked her way up in the Procurement space for over 10 years. She worked at Stanbic Bank, Kromberg & Schubert and Clover Dairy as a Procurement supervisor. Her last job before she entered the fashion industry was a Manager for Contacts & Sourcing at a Facilities Management Company.

She established her fashion house in October 2019 and it has become synonyms with elegant wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear. July said when designing she is inspired by various aspects such as the client’s personality, the mood of the event and the theme. She further mentioned that every opportunity is to show her craft so she always aims to please.

“Every Butterfly Couture piece must represent the elegance and the creativity the brand is about,” she said. Butterfly Couture has adorned beauty queens; Miss Botswana 2021/2022 Ambrociah Samboko at Miss Universe in South Korea and Miss Botswana 2019,Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane during her reign of which is the highlight of her career. They have also marked their presence in a few fashion events locally and in the neighbouring countries.”

They showcased at The Grand Palm Wedding Expo, Masa Fashion Show, Miss Botswana Fashion Show and Sacunda plus Size Fashion Show. The will also be showcasing at Gabs July Fashion Show on the 15th of July alongside the South African designer, popularly known as the King of glamour David Tlale.

July also identified that one of the challenges they face in the couture is that, it’s a seasonal business. “There are times in the year when the business is great and challenging. Winter in particular, is difficult time to stay afloat as there aren’t as many events that people are inspired to dress spectacularly for,” she said. She further said that her aim is to be a prime couturier of choice in Botswana.

“Craft like your life depends on it because every happy client is 10 more referrals” is what she said when asked to serve a word of wisdom to people hoping to make it in the fashion industry.

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Gospel awards re-organised

26th July 2022
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The Botswana Gospel Music Awards (BOGMA) and the Annual Gospel Awards (AGA) are said to be no longer in existence and a joint venture project has been put up that will carry out the awarding of gospel musicians.

The new entity has been established as Gospel Music Awards, which is a project at this moment is nearer to dishing out the first Gospel Awards under the leadership of the dissolved entities (BOGMA and AGA). “The difference is the same, it is just that the two projects were run by different minds which had differing objectives,” said the project coordinator, Letsweletse Moshabi when asked what the difference was between the two previous awards.

He added that at this junction their focus is on the future of the gospel musicians and they would like to direct their energies to the new project and forgo the past projects. “The Music market especially the gospel genre is too small and that basically means the very small market was experiencing the imbalance in the supply and demand forces. At that stage, supply was more than the demand so the reason for the joint forces is to allow the supply and demand forces to readjust and form equilibrium,” added Moshabi.

The mandate and objectives of the project are to recognize and award gospel music talent, to create awareness of the Botswana gospel music industry and to create a platform where fellow musicians may exchange ideas and network amongst themselves and approach international markets in cohesion.

The first of these joint awards will be held on the 27th August 2022 at Molapo Showcase under the theme ‘Cohesiveness to Build’ where about 18 categories will be up for grabs.

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Makhadzi, Master KG invade Thamaga

18th July 2022
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The Kumnandi Ekhaya musik festival will be held on the 30th September 2022 at Thamaga village. The event coincides with the release of famous host, Dj Ngwazi’s first album called ‘spring day’ on the 2nd of September 2022.

The Thamaga born and raised Lefika Lushen Kebatlege is a disc jockey and a music producer signed under WanitwaMos Entertainment in South Africa. Famously known as Dj Ngwazi and formally known as DJ superstar, he has really worked hard to become one of the finest export DJs the country has produced. Internationally, he is described as a DJ from South African because of his works with popular music artist Master KG.

Meanwhile, the music festival will feature South African artists, Makhazi, Master KG, Prince Benza and Mthunzi. They will also be joined by some of the big local artists, Franco, Vee Mampeezy, among others.  “The tickets of the concert will be available at Spar stores, webticket and Kings bar. There will be three categories for VIP tickets, the one that goes for P1000, P1500 and P2200,” said the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest promoter Sadie Swartz of Saysay Entertainment.

“We have a new system to tackle the cry of promoters about security at the events. We will have a team of 100 security men, 10 horses and 15 dogs. We also agreed with the police to help with traffic control and no tickets will be sold at the gate to avoid circulation of money which can attract thieves,” said Kagiso Gaodumelwe from All Night Security.

“I started deejaying back in the days when I was still schooling at Kagiso Senior School and I never stopped working towards my career since then. I have a career in South Africa, since 2018 when Master KG took me in and his support as a brother has taken me to places,” said DJ Ngwazi describing his career journey.

“Kumnandi Ekhaya is Zulu language which means ‘go monate ko gae’ in Setswana. The name came about as a way of inviting my South African fans and supporters to my home village Thamaga to come experience the joy that comes with celebrating our freedom and independence. I used isiZulu because it’s the dominant language in South Africa,” explained Dj Ngwazi.

“The concert will be held in an open space which was used for agricultural purposes and we would like to call it ‘Ko Legoleng’. With this concert I want to redeem the dignity of our village because we once had the cases of youth who were terrorizing the community, beating up people in the streets and stealing and these was really a concern in our community because they were tarnishing the village name,” said Dj Ngwazi.

The purpose of this concert is to empower the community of Thamaga and local artist, more especially artist from Thamaga village like, Kgabo Sereto traditional group. There will be a litter picking campaign around the village before the launch of the concert .The sponsors which are already on board are Dladleng Entertainment and Kings bar and there are still more sponsors to be revealed.

”As the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest management, we are going to buy food combos and take them to Thamaga village Kgotla so they can be donated to the less privileged and orphans. Starting from October we will be donating pads to all Junior Schools in Thamaga,” said Dj Ngwazi. Dj Ngwazi’s motivational words to other artist and everyone else; work hard, be patient and be determined.

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