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Chefs’ association hosts Chef Donald in Gabs

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PASSIONATE: Chefs came together

The Institute of Development Management (IDM) recently hosted Lesotho-based renowned Chef, Donald Moletsane, aka Chef Donald in Gaborone. Chef Donald, who founded Dona@Balos School of Chefs and Hospitality in Lesotho, is an internationally acclaimed and world-travelled personality who has made a significant contribution towards promoting the culinary arts industry in the SADC region.

His visit comes in the wake of a developing partnership between his school and IDM with the latter establishing academic programmes in culinary arts. In a press release, the association noted that as the industry grows, they realise the need for a comprehensive strategy to offer training interventions and solutions to help learners acquire the necessary skills and professional qualifications to be able to compete in the regional and international market.

“Culinary arts are an important trade that deserves proper attention as it involves issues pertaining to health, safety and hygiene beyond just food preparation and presentation.”The key highlight of Chef Dona’s visit was the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between IDM and Dona@Balos school which will cement the agreement the two parties have entered into.

In collaboration with Botswana Chefs Association they have hosted a One Night Affair with Chef Dona where local chefs joined Chef Dona to prepare a food and wine tasting dining experience for guests.

For his part, the President of Botswana Chefs Association, Chef Thuto Masala said there is need for culinary arts training in the country.   “Most senior and professional chefs in the country are expatriates. The locals still need training and exposure to both regional and international experience in culinary arts.

Training as a chef without management background is not enough; chefs need to understand operational costs and management of staff in the food and beverage for a successful business. The issue of food handling, which includes health, safety and hygiene, is crucial as well, and it is one of the highlighted components in the planned culinary arts programme by IDM.

”Chefs also had a chance to attend the 3rd Career Fair Development Summit held at GICC.

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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