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Bucy Radebe to grace Botswana grounds for the first time

Gospel Is Alive (GIA) is an event that was birthed by Nico Matlapeng on 27 April 2019. The second event was scheduled for the 1st August 2020 but was cancelled because of Covid-19. The pandemic came with lockdown and State of Emergency which made it impossible to stage large gatherings.

The event will however resurface on the 2nd April 2022 at Gaborone Molapo Piazza. In an interview with WeekendLife, Nico said their vision as GIA is to promote gospel music in an international and highest standard. He said they want to bring excellence in the gospel community, and bring international acts and fuse them with local acts.

He said, We want to create an experience where people can come and worship, praise, enjoy and have fun under the highest standard. After we had to cancel our event last year we waited until the State of Emergency was lifted before planning anything. We only started working on this years event last year September after the State of Emergency was lifted.

Nico highlighted that his relationship with Benjamin Dube goes way back, as they have 12 years of working together. He said he worked with Benjamin Dube before in other projects outside GIA. Nico pointed out that when they approached Benjamin Dube about being part of GIA he bought into the vision. Nico highlighted that Benjamin Dube is basically the staple of the event. He said they decided to go for him because they realised that Batswana love him and that he is one artist who can pull a crowd.

He said amongst the artists they have on their lineup they also have Bucy Radebe and Hosanna Singers. He highlighted that Hosanna Singers will be live recording at the event. Nico said there will not have meet and greet this year because of Covid-19.

According to Nico, they want to protect the artists as well as the public from Covid-19 because meet and greet involves signing and taking photos. Nico confirmed that the event will be held at Molapo Piazza, and that all Covid-19 protocol will be observed.

His message for the public is that they should come through and have fun, come and enjoy yourself. We all need spiritual upliftment because we have all been through a lot. Covid-19 has not made things easier for us. One thing we can promise the people is that we will raise the standard this year. Everything will be top-notch from light, sound, time management, food. The event will start at 6pm sharp.

Both Bucy Radebe and Benjamin Dube confirmed their availability for the event in their Facebook pages. Bucy stated in her Facebook page on the 2nd January 2022 that, hi #TeamBucy in Botswana, your thousands of your requests are FINALLY honored. Benjamin Dube also confirmed in his Facebook page on the 13 January 2022 that, Botswana am coming back.

VIP ticket are sold for P500 and come with snack pack, Golden Circle ticket are sold for P350 and Standard ticket are sold for P250. Nico highlighted that, snack pack will be pre-packaged because we want to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols.

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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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