The iconic Yarona FM Music Awards are back with a bang and billed to shake the industry to the core. The YAMAS, as tenderly called by its followers, will be held on the 25th of April at the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena, and the theme for this year’s event is ‘Fabolous 20’.
Launching the awards at the Cigar Lounge recently, the Urban-youth radio station revealed that this year’s edition is the sixth instalment of the YAMAS. ‘’Six years ago, we launched the YAMAS and since then, we have celebrated cool in ways that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. This year, we are even more so committed to continuing to create the unforgettable moments that have made the YAMAS the preeminent celebration of youth culture.’’ Yarona FM Programs Manager Tshepiso Motshisi said at the launch.
Yarona FM Marketing Manager Kutlwano Monnamoncho told Weekend Life that ‘’ This time around the YAMAS are back with a number of interesting surprises which will be unveiled during the awards ceremony. The YAMAS team is working tirelessly to make sure that this year’s event will be one to remember, you will notice that it will be different from the previous events. The brand has a new feel and the packaging is fantastic’’. She further stated that the music showcase’s aim has always been to recognize, empower and honor local artists for the role they play.
‘’A number of artists were selected as nominees in various categories; the selection of these nominees was not an easy one because the competition was tight. Our selectors were looking at various factors such as the quality of music, chart rankings, online streams and talent amongst any other important aspects’’ she said
For the past years the event has always been held at the Gaborone International Convention centre GICC, but this time around it will be held at the UB Indoor Sports Arena. The change of venue was due to the YAMAS having been attracting large numbers in the past years, and this time around more than three thousand people are expected to attend the glamorous event.
The YAMAS remain the only music awards ceremony that has fully empowered the local music industry by not only awarding artists but supporting them with relevant resources. The music showcase has changed the music landscape with the introduction of artist’s workshop and entrepreneurship networks. Last year regional artists shared the stage with local music maestros, sharing insights on how best to penetrate the complicated music industry.
This year’s edition of the night of glitz and glamour in the local music industry is bound for more greatness as it ushers in a new category of Best Pop entailing Botswana’s finest hit makers, and social media enthusiasts. Interestingly enough, the Fabulous 20 Nominations saw one rapper stand out as the most nominated, Veezo View of zaka fame. And for the very first time this year, a rapper tops the charts! Veezo View is seemingly having a great year…I mean just recently we saw South African Hip Hop giant Cassper Nyovest expressing a great interest to working with View, following his tweet that a track with this superstar can change his whole life.
Cassper Nyovest took to social media to say ‘’Known you for years and you never asked for sh*t. always been a dope guy nje. I have been fooling around in the studio lately. I am sure we can hook something up. Hallla! Botswana stand up”. It was reported that Cassper sent View a message and now Veezo has given himself a week to come up with a collabo idea. Let’s just hope this is not a PR stunt! But either way, Veezo View continues to be centre of attention as he garnered himself eight nominations at the YAMAS last week.
Veezo View was announced as People’s Choice or Artist of the Year alongside other industry Rap boys BanT, Han C, Thato Jessica as well as Vee Mampieezy! This year, BanT is only nominated twice! Thato Jessica went home with three nominations, while Vee Mampieezy will be trying his luck on just only two nominations! If this is not shocking, then I don’t know what it is.
Our main man View was also included under Best R&B single as well as Best Hip Hop, or Motswako. His hit tune Banyana ke maaka made the best R&B while for the Motswako category; he will be contesting with his track Cream, featuring Ason as well as his Weekend Special. Veezo View was also nominated as Best New Comer for his track Banyana ke maaka, Best Male Single Cream and his track Cream is nominated Song of the Year.
Han C came second on the list of Top artists nominated for Fabulous 20 YAMAS with six nominations! His all-time hit featuring DJ Kuchi Rejection made the Best Male single, Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Song of the Year categories and we is also featured as a contestant as People’s Choice and Best RnB!
In other interesting nominations, the most controversial artist of all time, and Rolling stone hit-maker ATI was nominated as Best Pop, Best Collabo, Best RnB single, Best Male of the Year and Rolling Stone made Song of the Year nominations! The most nominated artist in the previous year, the peppy and lively Diva Bouncy was nominated in three categories, where she will be battling for Best Female single with Girly, Ms Abbey, Trippy Rhee as well as Thato Jessica! The battle of the Queens! May the best Queen wear the crown!
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.
Known for her stellar designs, and showing her sartorial prowess on renowned stages internationally, Delayna Scott has introduced an astonishing summer and spring wear together with an exquisite swim wear line for women.
Her sizzling collection comes at a time when people are embracing spring, as well as welcoming summer in style especially after coming out of back to back lockdowns.
After putting together a range of collections for both swim wear and spring wear, Scott employed former beauty queens to showcase her work on her social media pages.
“I had my selection process for the models for the swimsuit shoot collection. I wanted to engage beauty queens only so I used Judith Kgwadi -Miss Teen Universe Botswana 2013 and 2nd Princess Miss Teen Universe, held in Nicaragua South America. I also engaged Peelo Mookodi, Miss Africa Botswana 2015 and Michelle Gaokgethelwe, Miss FNB 2016/2017 and Miss Consumer Fair 2017/2018,” said Scott.
When quizzed about the size range, she highlighted that she caters for just about any size. Scott always wanted to leave an in print of a swimsuit collection which she finally put together and impressed by it. The collections will all be pre ordered only
“Well summer is upon us. So I figured why not cater for the heat that’s to come but besides that I’ve always wanted to do a swimsuit collection with my brand on the fabric. When I create collections for shows I always design one or two swimsuits to open the show but this time I figured I should just create a collection of swimsuits with bucket hats and head scarfs to match,” she said.
Adding to her swim suit collection is a dose of spring summer collections for a switch of seasons to add to your wardrobe collection.
“My spring summer collection is very special to me. It’s very Caribbean particularly the colour selection. It’s more of an easy, comfort collection all of the pieces can be worn day and night. For this collection I engaged two stylist Loago Bogopa and Tshire Bagwasi and we sourced accessories from Kefilwe Sianga of the fashion hook up and also Topznthangz,” she said.
“I was going for editorial looks so I did makeup by Chedza. She did the minimal makeup with a pop of colour on the eyes and Art by Shalom did the magic on photography with the stunning ladies super model Thanolo Keutlwile and Digital Content Creator Fifi Mathambo. Amazingly the feedback so far is great and quite overwhelming I must say.”
Trending this season
“Slip dresses, maxi dresses, prints and definitely bright colours basically everything in my collection is currently trending. A slip dress, accessorized well can definitely make a statement,” said Scott.
About Delayna Scott
Delayna Scott over the years has participated in several shows including, the inaugural Botswana fashion week 2011 (overall winner), Colour in the desert 2012, Masa fashion show 2017/2018 /2019. International shows she showcased at Malawi fashion week 2017, New York fashion week 2018 and Cannes film festival in France 2019.
Delayna Scott gowns have been showcased on world stage at Fiji, Russia, Indonesia, Nicaragua) by Botswana contestants at Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Teen Universe and Miss World supermodel some contestants holding titles of winners , runners up and best evening gowns .
Scott was the designer of choice to dress lead actress Sylvia Pouget, of the movie Noni Le Fruit at the 2019 Cannes film festival red carpet. The same year also saw her as a designer of choice for French actress Eloise Valli’s red carpet appearance at the Cannes film festival.
After announcing the postponement in March, the 6th edition of Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAS) have bounced back and will be held virtually via Now Channel on DSTV Channel 290 and on the Yarona FM Facebook page on September 26 at 20h00.
This is one of the first virtual music awards to be held in Botswana.The 2020 edition of the YAMAS was originally slated to be held at the University of Botswana (UB) Campus Indoor Sport Centre early this year, but plans for an indoor ceremony were thrown for a loop by the coronavirus pandemic.
“There will be no public attendance at this year’s event, it will be produced for broadcast on TV and digital platforms. The event will take place in an extended reality studio which will comprise of the hosts only. The show must go on and we still have to award artist for their splendid job” said Yarona FM Station Manager Kelly Ramputswa.
Furthermore, Ramputswa stated that nothing much has changed apart from the awards ceremony going virtual, the voting lines for nominees remain the same. The voting lines opened on Tuesday 8th September and will close on 23rd September at midnight.Yarona FM has partnered with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) and First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) who contributed money to ensure that winners go home with cash prizes ranging from P10 000 and P15 000.
“We recognize the hardship that has befallen the creative industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Botswana’s creative sector remains resilient and Yarona FM, as a crucial player remains committed to contributing meaningfully to develop the sector.
The partnership to bring the YAMAS at this time, with cash winnings for musicians and other creatives involved in the show is demonstration that we are all in this together,” said the Yarona FM Station Manager.The effort of gifting artists with money is a big boost since most of them did not manage to source income from live performances due to COVID- 19 protocols that led to suspension of many events.
The 6th edition of the YAMAS will be hosted by Yarona FM presenters Loungo Andre Pitse and Kedi Molosiwa. There will be performances from artists such as ATI, Mophato Dance Theater, Girly and FME DJs.