Trinity Church Choir is upping the ante this Saturday September 1, 2018 when it hosts its fabled Charity Dinner Concert at Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Centre from 7PM until late.
Choir Conductor, Dr Tefo Bubi, a self-taught product of the church, who grew up in a family of music and learnt from diverse church elders as well as drunk from the fountain of wisdom of Mma (Denise) Gaboutlweloe’s calibre, tells Sun Vibe that this year’s concert is “one of a kind”. Making a return after last year’s hiatus occasioned by celebration of the church’s golden jubilee, this year’s edition promises to break new grounds with a little something that’s never been done in all the five Synods of United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA).
Accompanied by Oarabile Bafitlhile of the famed Btv’s Saturday programme, Melodi ya Dinoto also a Music Director and Choir Master at Sedibeng church choir in Molepolole, Dr. Bubi waxed lyrical about the planned Saturday’s music and food affair, whose ticket are already on sale.
It is a total deviation from the last three editions, not only musically, but also in arrangement. Patrons can brace for a night of beautiful UCCSA songs selected from the Church’s Hymn Book, ‘Dihela’. Normally, these hymns are sung without any accompaniment, but this year Dr. Bubi says they’ve picked 15 songs and orchestrated them. “It’s the first project ever done, not even South Africa has done it. We are the first to do it in UCCSA space,” he enthused. The orchestra is two-fold. Even as they want songs sung properly, the aim is also to cultivate the ground so that eventually Botswana can have an Orchestra of its own.
The Church Choir has enlisted some teachers and exceptional students who can do music from random schools around Gaborone to be part of the 24 member Orchestra, which will join the 50-member Trinity Church Choir on stage. Dr. Bubi says friends from South Africa have also been invited to join the Orchestra. To cap it all, on the 15th of September, the Church Choir will do a live recording of all the hymns that were performed during the dinner concert in a one-in-a lifetime church service at Trinity Church in Gaborone’s Main Mall. Thereafter these will be cut into CDs and DVDs. Proceeds from the dinner concert go towards helping the less privileged in society, this being one of the church’s central role – to show compassion and altruism alongside winning souls to the Lord.
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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