The ‘bootylicious’ and pretty stunner made heads turn when the dropped the single ‘Girly o di body’ together with an equally sizzling music video. The 27-year-old Girly, who describes herself as a humble loving person who loves music and acting, was born Botshelo Mosweu in Gaborone where she was also raised.
She recalls that she used to dance at family gatherings. “Elders would throw money at me while I was dancing,” she says. At age 14 she appeared in music videos for artists such as Vee, Mingo, Wizards, Starlu and Lizibo among others. In 2008 she entered My African Dream and made it to the finals. She then formed a dance group called Bonandosita. “I shared the stage with the likes of Eve and Shaggy, and also danced for Nigerian artist Flava when he was in Botswana.” Vee then took her under his wing although the relationship was short-lived. “I became his dancer and he later signed me as the first lady of Black money makers.
Things however didn’t work out as Vee got busy after he was signed to Universal records.” She says that she had worked with Amanandos and knew that she could sing. She later hooked up with Chef gustos and Bangi, who helped her drop, Di-body. The song has an upbeat trap sound with simple yet catchy lyrics. She is popular culture epitome and doesn’t try to be anything else.
She points out that she sings about the things she sees that are happening around her. She adds that she has always admired the late Lebo Mathosa and Mshoza.
Girly will soon drop an album produced by legendary Skizo. “Daddy Ski knows his stuff; he pushed me and I am grateful to him. I also got help from other artists such as T.H.A.B.O, Mapetla and Towdemac among others. The album is going to be hot,” she says. Girly says that there will be a listening session before she drops the album. Her time in the music industry has not been without controversies but she insists that she is only focused on her craft. “There is a lot of competition in the music industry. Some people say things that are not true about you while others want you to do shows but pay peanuts or don’t even pay at all.”
On the upside, she says that she has made good friends in the music industry who support her. Girly’s style is bold, fun and sexy. She is not afraid to flaunt her assets and confidently states that “if you have it flaunt it.” She says that she wears what she wants and likes being different “I love fashion and rock anything that looks good on me. I am my own stylist.”
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Making outstanding art through waste material
Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame
Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.
One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.
Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.
He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”
BOMU awards go on…
The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.
The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.
He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.
We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”
Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.
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