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Splash will never be the same without Dan Tshanda

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Pantsola and disco lovers were shocked to hear about the untimely death of Splash legend Dan Tshanda. The talented pantsola passed on aged 54 from a heart attack. Tshanda was the mastermind behind disco music and played a role in elevating the genre across southern Africa.

Splash started in the 1980s and 1990s in the townships of Soweto who was a lead vocalist and bass guitarist in the band. The group enjoyed great success and was more popular with the pantsola. He would later start Dalom Music, which was behind the success of many disco outfits such as Peacock, Matshikos and Thabile Mazolwane among others.

For legions of fans, disco pantsola was more than music but also a lifestyle. While many people have refused to be publicly associated with Splash music, it has garnered a lot of popularity, and even controversies.

For example, the Splash concerts were associated with ill behaviour; knife totting pantsolas, theft, assaults and fights. But the power of music always permeated. Tshanda had adopted Botswana as his second home (he was married here) and each year held a Splash concert that attracted legions of fans across the country.

This past Thursday scores of people flocked BNYC hall for Tshanda’s memorial service in Botswana. It was packed to the rafters as disco music played and speaker after speaker spoke about Tshanda’s immense talent, hard work, passion and humility.

Following the unexpected death, there have been concerns that disco would die a slow death and there would be no one to take over where Tshanda had left. A music insider who spoke on condition of anonymity said that there was no one best equipped to do what Tshanda had done.

“He had a rich music legacy but unfortunately I do not see anyone carrying on here. If nothing is done, then Splash will die a slow death. That would be a shame because the music genre is loved by many.” Another memorial service was held for Tshanda at Bassline, Johannesburg. Tshanda will be laid to rest in Johannesburg on Saturday.

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BOSJE elevates jazz education in Botswana

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CHANGING LIVES: Music has the power to empower youth.

The Botswana Society of Jazz Education (BOSJE) will host the 9th annual International Jazz Day for the 3rd time this year at the Maitisong theatre. According to the founding chairperson Akhutlheng Mogami, the society was formed to create a platform for jazz musicians and aspiring jazz musicians to grow and share ideas and even have their work documented.

“As a society, we have realized a need for jazz education. There is also no documentation about jazz in Botswana, which makes it difficult for both the teachers and students when it comes to teaching and learning about jazz as there is no local content to refer to. It is also for purposes of funding applications to run workshops and host festivals and exchange programs that we needed to have a legally registered nonprofit making entity as this one,” she said.

BOSJE was officially registered on the 31st of August 2015 with the registrar of societies and some its objectives include to ensure the growth of Jazz in Botswana and development of jazz education; to build jazz community by advancing education and research; to document, preserve and archive our Botswana jazz heritage; to promote skills development and performance through jazz camps, exchange programs and jazz shows and festivals, and to also develop new audiences.

In January 2017 the society formed a youth jazz big band (Big Bands). Mogami noted that they managed to bring together young people from all walks of life to teach them about jazz and how to play jazz. Since then, the band has been growing substantially both musically and professionally. She noted that The Big Bands in Botswana project which aims to put together jazz bands in schools and communities all over the country. “The project brings together young people and teaches them to play music in an ensemble set up.

The project commenced on the 15th of February 2019 with the primary objective of this project is to bring positive social change through music. Children who are involved in this music program receive a music education, which we believe will lead them to improved overall academic success. The children will also learn the essential skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

In addition to that, these children will also have a platform to exercise their creativity, and all this will in turn grow their confidence.” The band has graced the Masire foundation annual gala dinner, International Jazz Day, Annual De Beers sight holders Dinner, and Gaborone toastmasters among others.

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Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego drop love sin gle

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NEW OFFERING: Benson & Diva Vebrok’s listening session rocked

Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego recently released their joint single titled Ha o ka leba. The two launched the song at a listening session at Greenberry Gardens. Music artists including Nono, Franco and promoters PP and Gloria Dzwikiti as well as other industry role players flocked the venue to listen to what the two have to offer and they were not disappointed.

The single is good quality – from the melody, lyrics, rthyme and production. The divine diva Diva Vebrok adds a golden touch with her smooth voice while the bold and eloquent Phutego’s voice complements hers as he breaks out into poetry.

Director of ceremony at the listening session Berry Heart also kept the crowd galvanised throughout the night with her energetic spirit. President of Music Promotions Zenzele Hirschfield expressed appreciation for the support rendered to the two and highlighted that it is important for artists to support one another. “I am honoured to see that that many people in the local music industry have come out to support their fellow artists.

This means a lot and we really need to unite as artists all the time,” she said. She sang praises for Diva Vebrok who she said was passionate and hard working. “She is more than just an artist but also an influencer and entrepreneur. She is one of the women in the music industry who work hard and never give up on their craft,” she said.

Phutego impressed the crowd with his words of wisdom as he appreciated being featured by Ve brok on the single. “It was great working with her as she is passionate and hard working. Women are the pillars of society and as such they should be respected. I have no regrets about this project because I am confident that we produced a great love song.”

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