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Shaka iLembe premiere celebrates African royalty

On Tuesday this week, MultiChoice South Africa hosted the media and A-list celebrities for an exclusive premiere of a new upcoming series, Shaka iLembe in Johannesburg, Montecasino. The series will debut on Mzansi Magic on the 18th June 2023.

The night was filled with glamor and all things African royalty, paying homage to the theme “African couture fit for royalty.” For top events such as these ones, it is only important to stick to the theme, just so people don’t turn heads when one passes by. To avoid feeling out of place and be hailed, one sought to do the right thing.

The Montecasino cinema complex for a minute changed into a gorgeously ornamented setting that took guests on a trip to the historical story of King Shaka, and the life he lived as a young boy and a King.

The premiere started off with carpet moments in which A-list celebrities showcased their looks. Most of them from TV acting, MultiChoice stakeholders and a small crop of social media influencers had to spare a moment or two for camera flashes and media interviews.

This particular activity took more time as there were many celebrities to capture, I mean no one wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything. One thing that really stood out for me was the fact that these personalities came dressed to kill, the likes of Dawn Thandeka King, who plays the role of Queen Mother in the series.

Hope Mbhele, Lemogang Tsipa, Mondli Makhoba and Ntando Duma also came prepared to serve some African fashion. The latter was honored with Best Dressed. Senzo Radebe, Mduduzi Mabaso, Winnie Ntshaba as well as Khaya Dladla also showed up ready to blow fans away.

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe was also present. This is primarily because he is from the Zulu royalty, and the series is based dominantly on Zulu and most of it was shot in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN).

Even though many were dressed in their best interpretations of the theme, there were few individuals who missed entirely what they were supposed to do. Jeans, t-shirts and some of the evening gowns really didn’t sit well with me but that didn’t come as a surprise as it happens all the time in various events.

TV and social media stars, Khanyi Mbau and Lasizwe were also on the guest list and graced the carpet that was made out of animal skin. Khanyi saw this as an opportunity to record some content for her socials, and she had to be rushed out to create space for other celebrities. In fact, most of them were chased out to get into the cinema in order to start the screening.

Ultimately, the premiere started and the host apologized for a late start. Ayanda Borotho, who is a cast member on Shaka iLembe, acknowledged that the event started very late and sent out a genuine apology on behalf of the organizers. Ann Masina, who cooked up a soundtrack for the series joined iconic musician Mbuso Khoza on stage and delivered an exceptional performance.

She gave a special shout out to all guests in the cinema, including lead actress Nonzamo Mbatha, who plays Queen Nandi, the revered mother of Shaka. Before formal speeches, the cast of Shaka iLembe made a grand entrance together with a poet. Even though I couldn’t grasp anything because the poem was said in Zulu, it clearly gave praises to the cast for a job well done.

Bomb Productions Creative Director, the mastermind behind Shaka iLembe, took to the podium to share how the series was made. In quite a lengthy speech, he said Shaka iLembe tells the story of the making of the iconic African King, with iterations from his early childhood to adulthood.

“Being able to bring this important story to the screen with such stellar talent speaks to the heart of MultiChoice’s ongoing commitment and investment in our local entertainment industry. We are committed to telling great African stories and this is a proudly African series told through the lens of Africans for the first time,” said Yolisa Phahle, Chief Executive Officer of General Entertainment and Connected Video at MultiChoice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creatives taking over 2023

26th September 2023

Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.

They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.

This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.

HAN C

Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.

The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.

However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.

KOKETSO MOTSWAGOLE

This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.

His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.

KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.

If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.

KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK

Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.

This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.

GAONA DINTWE

After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.

Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.

 

 

 

 

 

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DITIRO LEERO ONE MAN SHOW ON THE PIPELINE

26th September 2023

Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.

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MISS BOTSWANA HAVING MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE

26th September 2023

With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.

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