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Lights Off: love, betrayal, drama

Lights Off Showing on NOW Tv,DSTV

It may have taken Botswana a while but it seems that finally the country’s entertainment industry is pulling out all the stops to show off the talent that has been ‘slept on’ or overlooked.

Last week Tuesday (30th June) saw Lights Off, a local production hit the small screen. The show, which portrays life in urban Gaborone, revolves around 3 childhood best friends (Fifi played by Nnete Modeni, Jazz played by Lame Mogorosi and Cathy played by Kgomotso Ramakoba. The trio went to primary school together and have been together ever since. We meet them at a point where they are now grown-ups and working for the same Chicken Franchise Company (Chicken Culture).

Along the way it becomes evident that good things only happen to Cathy and the other two friends, Fifi and Jazz always play the ‘hyping role’. Jessica does not have a problem with Cathy’s blessings but Fifi on the other hand struggles to be happy for her friend. The friendship that was once guided by love and compassion now is guided by envy, jealousy and bitterness. Fifi ends up joining a cult in order to bring about the destruction and demise of her friends’ lives, her goal is to make them suffer and still portray herself as a caring Christian friend.

When quizzed on what inspired the film, the writer of Lights Off, Tumelo Chaba shared with WeekendLife that, “We are leaving in a world where the most painful betrayals come from friends, so I guess that’s where I got the motivation to settle for this angle.’’“Lights Off means, where there was once light (Love, empathy, compassion) now there is darkness (envy, jealousy, betrayal, bitterness).”

The series stars actors and actresses birthed by Signed International, a show known for producing top notch actors.When choosing talent to feature on the show, he said they had to do immerse training to their cast so that they can bring out something unique to their production.“Our actors have gone through our training program so they know what is expected of them every time we give them a script. Most actors around worked a lot of times on staging (theatre).

So we train our actors to become Tv/film actors. The technique and elements of TV/film acting is different from the ones for theatre so we just help differentiate the two,” Chaba highlighted.
The main members include; Nnete Modeni, Lame Mogorosi, Kgomotso Ramakoba, Tlholego Chaba and Gouveia Mutasa

At the moment, the series has one season with 26 episodes, each episode running for 24 minutes. The team is currently working on the script for season 2.“Batswana should look forward to more drama as the story unfolds with content that is relevant and relatable as well,” Chaba said.

When asked whether the drama will only air on Now Tv channel, Chaba said, “For now, the only contract is with Now TV, but we are hoping to get deals outside the boarder.’’
The new television drama is currently airing every Tuesday at 8:30pm on DSTV channel 290 and repeats Wednesdays at noon.Lights Off: love, betrayal, drama

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Top Model Botswana 4th edition paused

4th August 2020

While some find it hard to survive in the entertainment sector, modelling is one of the few careers that has been taking shape in the creative sector in the country. Top Model Botswana is one of the set platforms that gives models a scarce opportunity and a chance to be uncovered and to take their talent to bigger runways.

Their aim is to see the models being scouted by international brands. However, like many other sectors which have been affected by the global pandemic (Covid-19), Top Model Botswana has paused as they are waiting for the situation to stabilize. While they are waiting to complete their 3rd edition, the idea of the 4th edition of the series had to be shelved for the time being. The event organisers have promised to communicate as and when auditions for the fourth edition will be opened.

“Well, honestly this year we didn’t do anything. Early this year we had to have the grand finale of Top Model Botswana 3rd edition which was a continuation of last‘s year edition. But due to this pandemic that the world is facing, we could not go head and finish the 3rd edition. We had decided to just pause this year and continue next year,” Simon Pierre shared with WeekendLife.

Organisers of the event annually rummage rural areas in search of models who are not adequately exposed to be identified as models. “For the 4th edition which was to be this year, my team and I had decided to bring a little twist to how we have been doing things in favour of the models. We decided to change our ways of carrying out Top Model competition.

Initially Top Model Botswana had auditions all over Botswana and we often sent agents to places we can’t reach. After auditions, each town will compete in their respective town, then they all meet when we are approaching final stages,” he said. “But this year our idea was that, we will only audition one town each year. So we will be rotating each year in different places. If this year is Palapye, then we will only focus on Palapye, but sadly we were not able to go ahead with our plan due to corona.”

Top Model Botswana is known for producing seasoned models year in and year out, with some modelling careers enhanced and taken to greater platforms. Kakanyetso Gabatsholwe is one of the models who was scouted by Top Model Botswana and today she is signed under Isis Model Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also the winner of Top Model 2017.

Top Model Botswana was adopted from the American reality television series in which a number of aspiring models competed for the title of “America’s Next Top Model” and a chance to begin their career in the modelling industry. The famous model show was the brain-child of American model, Tyra Banks.

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Top Model Botswana 4th edition paused

4th August 2020

While some find it hard to survive in the entertainment sector, modelling is one of the few careers that has been taking shape in the creative sector in the country. Top Model Botswana is one of the set platforms that gives models a scarce opportunity and a chance to be uncovered and to take their talent to bigger runways.

Their aim is to see the models being scouted by international brands. However, like many other sectors which have been affected by the global pandemic (Covid-19), Top Model Botswana has paused as they are waiting for the situation to stabilize. While they are waiting to complete their 3rd edition, the idea of the 4th edition of the series had to be shelved for the time being.

The event organisers have promised to communicate as and when auditions for the fourth edition will be opened. “Well, honestly this year we didn’t do anything. Early this year we had to have the grand finale of Top Model Botswana 3rd edition which was a continuation of last‘s year edition. But due to this pandemic that the world is facing, we could not go head and finish the 3rd edition.

We had decided to just pause this year and continue next year,” Simon Pierre shared with WeekendLife. Organisers of the event annually rummage rural areas in search of models who are not adequately exposed to be identified as models.

“For the 4th edition which was to be this year, my team and I had decided to bring a little twist to how we have been doing things in favour of the models. We decided to change our ways of carrying out Top Model competition. Initially Top Model Botswana had auditions all over Botswana and we often sent agents to places we can’t reach.

After auditions, each town will compete in their respective town, then they all meet when we are approaching final stages,” he said. “But this year our idea was that, we will only audition one town each year. So we will be rotating each year in different places. If this year is Palapye, then we will only focus on Palapye, but sadly we were not able to go ahead with our plan due to corona.”

Top Model Botswana is known for producing seasoned models year in and year out, with some modelling careers enhanced and taken to greater platforms. Kakanyetso Gabatsholwe is one of the models who was scouted by Top Model Botswana and today she is signed under Isis Model Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also the winner of Top Model 2017.

Top Model Botswana was adopted from the American reality television series in which a number of aspiring models competed for the title of “America’s Next Top Model” and a chance to begin their career in the modelling industry. The famous model show was the brain-child of American model, Tyra Banks.

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Major Moves Comedy back at it again

4th August 2020

Known for staging hilarious comedians both locally and internationally, Major Moves Comedy has made its returns this year after being absent due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The comedy show is back again with yet another rib cracking line-up for their up-coming monthly event, which will be on the 7th of August at Cresta President Hotel.

Before the scourge of the coronavirus, the comedy show which featured comedians from Botswana, Zambia and South Africa, was staged every Friday night. For the time being and because of the Covid-19 regulations, the current line-up will be filled by local talent only. The likes of; Boniface ‘Roy’ Phetolo, Queen of comedy Malebogo ‘Lebo English’ Lekgowa, funny-man Maatla Ephraim Basha, as well as Ndiye ‘Triccs’ Tampa. The familiar face of Onkgopotse ‘Mdala Ka Tjeludo’ Mugende will be the host for the night.

The event will also bring upcoming comedians to the fore and give them a chance to share the stage with established acts. “Since lockdown, comedians have been longing to showcase their talent on stage. With the new normal, most have used different social media platforms, however for stand-up comedians the stage is still the best place for them to showcase.

With these monthly events we also develop and nurture talent especially those who have been active on social media. This is in our quest to create a sustainable market and monetizing the talent,” said events coordinator for Major Moves Comedy, Gaolathe Kediemetse.

The event will follow the Covid-19 regulations as prescribed by the Presidential Covid-19 Task Force Team and thus patrons will among others be required to; put on masks, register to get into the event, sanitize, and practice social distancing. The show will be expected to last nothing more than two hours, this also as per Covid-19 regulations.

“We are excited to be hosting the event under the new normal and will be following the Covid-19 regulations. We have limited tickets available for the event which will also enable social distancing and we will have a dedicated Safety Officer to ensure the regulations are being followed.

We want to develop and contribute positively to the lives of the comedians while protecting the health of our patrons”, added Mr Kediemetse. The venue sponsor is Cresta President Hotel and tickets are available at Web tickets and Spar outlets. Prices range from P200 (single) and P300 (double). The show starts at 8pm.

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