Most nationalities from across the globe who have visited the delta have enjoyed the splendour, majestic cinematography views offered by its natural beauty.
The annual “Okavango Is Calling” event is a series of events aimed at promoting the Okavango delta as a World Heritage site as recognised by UNESCO. Different nationalities gather around the delta annually and enjoy different activities in their cultural attire depending on the occasion of the day.
Ghetto Urban Designs was given the rights to promote the 1000 World Heritage site in 2015, after submitting a 112 page concept paper. Currently Urban Designs are on their third installment of the event in which they produced a documentary that UNESCO and Botswana Television used to raise awareness about the 1000 World Heritage sites.
This year’s event is going to be held from the 10th – 13th September, in Maun, this comes after observing the trends of Covid-19. The official opening will be done by the Minister of Tourism, Philda Kereng. 22 countries are expected to showcase their tourism attractions at the event as well.
“People must expect to see the beauty of the delta and an exchange of cultural ideas from different countries. The event last year went well though the Delta was at its slowest because there was no water. This year however we are expecting water from Angola for boat cruises, mekoro and scenic views,” Managing Director of the event, Thato Vincent Sebati shared with WeekendLife.
There is no doubts that the heritage event pulls crowds and has done so in their previous years, and this year they hope it will be no exception. The team is working hard to raise the same momentum and anticipation to lure more people to the event.
“We are currently using social media platforms to market the event; we got a page called “Okavango Cultural festival for foreign Missions in Botswana” and soon after observing the trends of Covid-19 we will be back on Radio, television and Print media,” he said.
As the delta begins to flood, and retains its beauty, Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) has vowed to support all the events that promote tourism as they want to promote local. “BTO will be promoting local events as much as they can so as to promote places in Botswana,” he said.
Currently, the event does not have a main sponsor but the Ministry of tourism, Diamonds in the Sky and the Ministry of Youth, are some of the sponsors who may come on board to support the event. Other than that, Sebati said they raise money through selling merchandise.
Botswana Museum is also said to be the custodian of the delta and UNESCO is also said to be one of the sponsors of the event. When asked about the budget of the event, he said P3. 4 million has been reserved to run the event.
The events of the occasion will entail the official tour of the delta, by air, boats and by mokoro. There will also be different stalls by different cultures. For the foodies, there will be the Food Festival and different cultures will showcase their different cuisines. As for the lovers of all things music, there will be a Music Festival where one can expect different musicians and also groups in Chanoga who are anticipated to participate during the Music Festival.
Meanwhile, Sebati promises to deliver a stellar event and urges people to start purchasing tickets as the event is nearing. Tickets are selling at P600 for individuals, which is exclusive of helicopter ride and boat cruises. P1 900 for individuals and it is inclusive of; accommodation and boat cruise. P2800 for individuals which will include accommodation, helicopter view and boat cruise.
As for couples tickets are selling at P3600 which will include accommodation and boat cruise and P5400 for couples will include accommodation, boat cruise and helicopter view.
Organisers of the much anticipated As One Music Concert say preparation for the much awaited as one of the music concert are at the peak, with ticket and merchandise sales at a high just 13 days before the event.
In a statement Kesego Okie, Managing Director of Blue Skies PR Agency and event coordinator “The Concert is a celebration of ATI’s journey in music. It is also an incredible platform for all stakeholders, particularly businesses that operate in Francistown, to show their commitment to the resuscitation of the City’s economy following the impact of Covid.
We are grateful for the reception by the city leadership and look forward to cooperate Francistown heeding our call to support the arts, which would in turn, be supporting many livelihoods and small business in the area”.
She expressed gratitude to the public for their immense support evidenced by ticket sales and talk ability, saying this is testimony that indeed As One the nation can go fa in the true spirit of boipelego (self-reliance).
The concert is partnership between Batho Bame Investment and Blue Skies PR Agency. “A lot of work has gone in to prepare for the highlight, and I am thankful to everyone who believes in the dream and supports us. I promise nothing but the very best of me and would love to express my utmost gratitude to all creatives and businesses that are a part of this Journey” Atasaone ATI Molemogi.
The concert will be the first music show taking place within the main pitch of the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium, which was chosen to host because of its distinct state of art ambiance, coupling Francistown’s position as a gate way to many strategic places in Botswana.
Francistown is not only rich in history, but also an enabler for economic activity for unearthed tourist destination surrounding it. It is an honour to have been given the approval by the city leadership and the people of Francistown to host this Concert in their backyard’ ATI.
As part of activities for the 8th edition of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Nigeria will host celebrity movie stars and film directors from Hollywood ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 14 May in Lagos.
The visiting Hollywood stars will be led by Tasha Smith, actress, director and producer, known for her role in the acclaimed films, ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’. She will be joined by Bayo Akinfemi, a cast member of the popular television series, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ as well as Brandon Micheal Hall of the ‘God Friended Me’ series fame
Also expected are Sidra Smith, award-winning Producer and Head of Essence’s Film and TV Studio and Grant Housley, Hollywood Producer, Writer and Director currently at Paramount Pictures, where he has worked on some of the biggest films and most critically acclaimed television series in the world.
While in Nigeria, the stars will meet with the #AMVCA8 nominees and other industry stakeholders. This historic visit is in line with MultiChoice and Africa Magic’s efforts in sustaining the Africa film making and storytelling momentum, through deliberate global collaboration.
The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta. For more information, visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AMVCA8
There is a growing unpleasant of artists who do not pitch for events they have been booked for; or simultaneously, there could be another development – false advertising – where artists’ names are used to draw large crowds.
Musicians and promoters in their mission to put bread on the table seem to have resorted to obscene means of securing their means. To many, this is tantamount to fraud and deception to gain an unfair advantage over their unsuspecting fans who swoon at the mention of their name, their presence and entire existence.
The month of May has just begun and bottomless grievances are pouring in of no show musicians at gigs they have been booked and paid for. Instead of leaving the crowd stunned by a spectacular show they are leaving revellers disappointed.
Exhibit A; This past weekend Eswatini’s DJ Uncle Waffles was scheduled to perform in Botswana. She never pitched up for the shows and continues to be silent on her lack of presence at the show. Exhibit B; Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival 10th Anniversary but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig.
In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha. The statement continued; “Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel…
Above and beyond we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the full booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation
“All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.” Adds the statement. Exhibit C; South African artist Prince Benza’s passport was confiscated by the Deputy Sheriffs pending payment for damages on breach of contract.
He was scheduled to perform at Mogobane on the 31st of December at the Reflector Music Festival but did not appear as well. He nabbed when he came into the country for a separate event. The President of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), Gilbert Seagile this week had his company; Gilbert Promotions registered in South Africa.
This puts him in an ideal spot to become an intermediary and help solve the feud between Botswana and South African artists and their no show at events. Seagile emphasized that it’s not only international artists that miss events but even the local artists have the same tendencies. He elaborated that reasons for artists not pitching up are many amongst them ; breach of contracts , promoters not paying deposits and some can be natural like artist testing positive for Covid-19.
The BEPA president also indicated that fly-by-night promoters are also a concern as they do not follow the BEPA Code of conduct, “BEPA members are well coordinated, they have the code of conduct which guides them to do things accordingly. The government is pushing for promoters to join BEPA they have already started refusing with permits when one is not a member of BEPA.” he emphasized
Seagile said that the association is in talks with the South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA) to provide protection of Botswana Promoters that when artists miss shows they can be able to rope in their lawyers in South Africa through SAMPA and Botswana through BEPA to compensate for losses incurred as a result of this exploitation.
He said another way of dealing with this matter is for Promoters to issue a contract to the artist as currently the norm is that the artist produces the contract to the promoter so this solution can help the promoters to protect themselves.
In an interview with Weekendlife, Superintendent Tumediso of Urban Police Station enunciated that matters of no show artists are normally reported by the promoter who normally comes as the complainant. The matter is then taken forward taking into consideration the evidence, this will in turn assist in determining on whether the case is theft, obtaining by false pretence or fraud. When it is all said and done, revellers love musicians to hate them and hate them to love them. It is an unending toxic relationship which no one wants to pull away from.