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



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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BOSJE elevates jazz education in Botswana



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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