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.
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.”
Splash will never be the same without Dan Tshanda
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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