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Actress Ruth Moore performs in Zimbabwe play

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LARGER THAN LIFE:The actress always gives her all

Vibrant veteran actress Ruth Moore will appear in an original Mandi Mash Production, a musical that will be staged at the Bulawayo State Theatre next month.

Moore has been travelling there for rehearsals and although she admits that it has been hectic, she says that she is excited. The production has a cast of eleven young Zimbabwean actors and actresses including well -known actors Arthur Evans, hip-hop artiste Calvin Nhiliziyo and award winning actress Qeqeshiwe Mntambo. Moore says that the play is based in the modern day times and touches on relationships among other issues.

“I am playing the role of the Aunt who is a vibrant modern aunty, who is always trying to giving life advice to her nieces and their friends.”Moore, who is known for her larger-than-life personality, is
also a singer and voice over artist.

She is synonymous with the Orange advert for Ditebogo, Yimeewee and other television adverts. She has been in many productions including Rebina Mmogo, No. 1 Ladies Detective, Botshelo Jo, and most recently, the most talked about new TV series on BTV called Colours.

The mother of one, a 22-year-old son Belton Moore, who is in university overseas, has a day job as a counsellor and medical dispatcher. However, acting is her first love. Moore says that she started acting as a young girl. “My acting journey started when I was a 16-year-old school girl.

I was approached by a group of young South African refugees to act in their stage play called Walk the Road. Before that I had done some drama at school and church but never dreamt of being an actress because when I was younger as I was shy.

Today nobody believes I was ever shy. After acting in my first play I fell in love with acting and never looked back.” Moore says that artists need passion and determination to survive in the arts industry. She advises upcoming artists to be strong and not let challenges derail them.

“Some people in the industry are not nice and they can frustrate you but believe in yourself and never give up. Patience pays and one day you will reap the fruits of your hard work.”
Moore says that she has a few projects lined up.

“I am working on a movie called Sparkle, which we have been filming since early this year. I am also working on a two-woman project that I plan to showcase at Maitisong next year. My co-actor will be my acting colleague Ithabeleng Letsunyane.

I also want to finish recording my album. I have already recorded three original songs with talented musician, music teacher and producer Calvin Kaluza. My other dream is to host a talk show.”

Moore has many fond memories of her acting career including being part of MEDU Art Ensemble where she worked with South African writer Mongane Serote, and acting alongside now president of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi in Baranodi Performing Arts Group in Jaanong Batswana Where Are We.

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Making outstanding art through waste material

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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.”

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BOMU awards go on…

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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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