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Hamptons 2020 to fuse glam, music

Gaborone’s finest, most sought after and much anticipated event; Hamptons Jazz Festival is building up to deliver a stellar show.

The Jazz Festival will be bringing the hottest international line ups from jazz, afro pop and many more genres. Hamptons 2020, has been slated for 28 March 2020 with the theme; ‘All things bright and beautiful’. The show is reported to be running smoothly and it will be hosted at Royal Aria stadium.

Hamptons Jazz Festival is well known for serving serene environments for people to relax and have fun whilst enjoying music, food and fashion. Revellers from as far as London and neighbouring countries, have been attracted to the show ever since inception, giving it a global Pan African feel.In an Interview with WeekendLife, The Founder and Patron of Hamptons Jazz Festival, Debbie Smith explained that the event has been welcomed as a platform for the youth who are getting different jobs and getting paid temporarily until the event happens in March. “We have no sponsors, however, the small team we have is working so hard and all is going according to plan,” she said.

Smith is looking forward to see people flaunting their show stopper outfits and having a time of their life as well because after taking a gap year, this definitely what people have been looking forward to.“We hope to see different people wearing those amazing outfits.  However, the T-shirt and Jeans classic is also a winner. Hamptons Jazz happens once a year. This is the 6th year attracting fans from neighbouring counties as we have artists from Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia and Nigeria.  We continue building up our objective of promoting tourism through music and so far a number of fans have purchased tickets,” she said.

Currently tourists are now awaiting accommodation and transport packages which they are negotiating on their behalf. “Hamptons Jazz is a local brand bring the world to Botswana and continue striving to make it the best event for the mature adults as our slogan goes. Hamptons Monate Wa botsadi,” she said.The Hamptons Jazz has released its line up headlined by Vusi Nova & Femi Koya. Other internationals include, Nathi, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Don Laka, Jah Prayzar, Elemotho & Jimmy Dludlu.

Local artists include Sereetsi & the Natives, Sethunya Maele, Charma Girl, Amantle Brown, Lister Boleseng. MCs will be Khumo Kgwaadira and Resego Motlhokathari. More artists are to be added as locals are yet to confirm.Early bird tickets are already sold out. “We are currently selling the P799 tickets which is a double ticket admitting 2 people. For a limited time, these include either a free t-shirt or a Moet glass.   Selling points are at The Grand Aria Hotel, where we have a Hamptons Desk,” she said.Tickets sales will be from 8am till 7pm every day.

There will also be a stall ran by Hamptons consultants in Main mall near Cresta Hotel, from Monday to Friday from 8am till 5pm.


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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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