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A re yeng Botswana

KTM Choir, Mophato Dance Theatre Revive Culture

Two of Botswanas entertainment pundits; KTM Choir and Mophato Dance Theatre have joined forces for a three day event filled with song and dance to be held at the Maitisong theatre. The two will be seeking to own a piece of history by putting together an act to exhibit what Botswana has been; and is today in a show titled A re yeng Botswana.

KTM Choirs board Chairperson; Lorato Morapedi has noted that against the background of a two year hiatus in the entertainment scene due to COVID-19, the question in the partners thoughts to revive the industry was to go to the cross roads to remind themselves why they got into music initially. That is when the thought of A re yeng Botswana was born.

KTM Choir will be reeling ears with Botswanas history, this time with a fresh and novel approach, Morapedi said that it remains KTMs leading priority to keep an attitude of prevailing excellence and thus has called the choir to partner another crop of excellent movers and shakers in Mophato Dance Theatre.

We are excited to be bringing the art of our very own Masimo from yesteryears, to the current Botswana in song. This is a space we were known for, what resonates with us. This is not by coincidence that we bring you this show, we arrived here because of what we have had to learn over the years, the lessons that have had us pricked as individuals and societies, it therefore is important to depict this in song, Morapedi said.

Morapedi elatedly noted that this is will be the first if its kind show bringing together contemporary dance choral music.

KTM Choir Music Director Terrence Moses Dube explained that the A re yeng Botswana performance will start off with a masimo set up as a looking glass and to reminiscence on the agricultural life Batswana carried before. The following scene will be the showcasing of the death of Sir Seretse Khama in 1980 then ensuing act will be the discovery of diamonds. As the show proceeds, there will be more depictions of a celebration of culture including an ensemble medley of different cultural dances Botswana has to offer.

KTMs first stop to garner momentum were the Presidents Day Competition to revive the spirit of teaching people in Botswana about culture through music and dance.

Following qualification at the European games where KTM Choir garnered a gold medal in the folklore category, Morapedi revealed that the choir has been invited to world choir games next year to be held in Korea. The upcoming show is said to be among the many to come that will be a build-up to gaining confidence, poise and support towards the world games

Meanwhile Mophato Dance Theatre, Founder and Director Andrew Kola who will be the Director of the Creative concept of the show disclosed that; by us putting this together, creating a package of production is a very big opportunity for us as Mophato to be working with KTM Choir and for us to be showcasing the story of Botswana through music and dance and we are very excited for that.

KTM choir and Mophato Dance Theatre are looking forward to a good turn-out of all. Tickets will be selling for: P500 Corporates, P 350 VIP and P200 standard and are available at Webtickets.

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BOTSWANA TO HOST MISS WORLD 2026

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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