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MMP Family set to sweep stakes at 2nd YAMA’s

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The winners of the second edition of the Yarona FM Music awards (YAMA’s) will be unveiled this Saturday at the GICC.

The awards seek to recognise excelling artists whose music set the airwaves on fire this year, and reward them for their hard work. Having set the bar very high in the first year, and scoring a number of achievements, one can only look forward to a dazzling night that will be reminiscent of Hollywood right here in Gaborone.

From performances on the night, mostly local, as well as the artists coming out dressed in their best Christmas attires, the second edition has a lot in store for those who will make it to GICC on Saturday evening. Something worth noting, and that has had everyone on the edge of their seats is whether the darling boys of Kwaito, MMP will emerge victorious in the category of Song of the Year.

It is something unheard of, to find a group that has two songs competing against each other. MMP Family comprises of members Mothusi Jackalas (P-les), Tebogo Baipidi (Mzicho) and Modiri Nage (M.O.D). Two of their singles from their second album titled Lesson 1, namely Mogolo lapeng & Lebala ka nna are up against Kopisa by Gaone.

The fact that they have two songs in this category already gives them an edge over Gaone, and they might possibly walk away with this award. The trio also has another nomination in the Best Kwaito Single for their single, Lebala Ka nna, alongside Amandados with Attention, Eskimos with Cecilia featuring (Jujuboy) and Franix with They can say.

Another hotly contested category is the Artist of the Year Award. This category sees crème de la crème of Botswana’s music battling it out for the honours. Nominees in the category include La Timmy, ATI, Gaone, MMP Family, DJ Kuchi, Eskimos as well as Dr Tawanda, and one thing is for sure, whoever the public picks through the public voting lines will be worthy of that award.

Other nominees on the night who might possibly walk away with awards include Gaone and ATI. ATI also has another nomination in the category Best Single Male for his single Kaching, alongside Kast with Jealous, Epic with Respect Boi, and Chrome with No track ya summer.

Gaone, a newcomer who promises to givew other artists a run for their money also has another nomination in the category for Best Dance Female, with artists that include Chef Gustos with Come, DJ Anthem with Keresiya and DJ Gouveia with Ambuye.

The Kopisa hit maker also has another nomination in the category of Best Newcomer alongside newcomers that include Chef Gustos, Licky and Romeo Stunner.

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Making outstanding art through waste material

Keletso Thobega

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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…

Keletso Thobega

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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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