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MMP Family own the YAMAs

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The 2nd edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs) arrived on the set date of 12 December in a night filled with an air of aura coupled with the thrill and anticipation of awarding this year’s winners.

The wait was as torturous for the nominees as it was for the member of the public who attended in large numbers, gracefully clothed in their most alluring outfits to be part of history.

For the youth radio station, this was a celebration for local stars. First to taste the smell of stardom was the MMP Family, began their musical journey in 2010. Fast-forward to 2015, MMP Family comfortably placed themselves as the champions of the local music industry after walking away with three awards at this year’s YAMAs.

MMP Family scooped awards in the prestigious categories of Carling Blue Label People’s Choice Artist of the Year‬; the Mascom Song of the Year‬ for the track Lebala ka Nna and are this year’s Best Kwaito artists. When receiving their awards, the keyed up family revealed how they had not expected such blessings.

“We came prepared with speeches for the awards last year, but we left with none, however this year we had no expectations but our good God is at work.”  Under their belt, the trio made up of Modiri ‘M.O.D.’ Nage, Tebogo ‘Nzico’ Baipedi and Mothusi ‘Ples’ Jackalas, was also awarded P10 000 prize money courtesy of First National Bank.

The Best Female and Newcomer award was won by Licky who also attributed her success to the Almighty. Upon receiving the award and P10 000 from FNB, the songstress was more than delighted to give thanks to God and her family who drew to the stage to every award she was bestowed with. “First Single, first Nomination and first award; this is what happens when you pray,” she said.

Chrome refused to be left behind, also walking away with an award for Orange Best Collabo for his song ‘No track ya summer’. The same song also pronounced him Best Male for the year 2015.

More YAMAs 2.0 Winners:
Producer Of The Year‬ – Bang Gae
‎Best Hiphop DJ‬ – DJ Root
Best House DJ‬ – Tman
‎Best Hiphop_Motswako‬ – B Blok – Top Shambole
Mascom Social Media Award‬ – DJ Izzy
‎Best Dance‬ – Gaone – Kopisa
BOCRA Yarona FM_Icon Award‬ – Percy Raditladi
YAMA_Hall Of Fame Award‬ – Sidney Baitsile

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Three vie for Miss Botswana 2018 crown

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A press release from the organisers states that general public public voting through sms line from 10am Tuesday 18 September – 10 am Friday 21 September 2018 (25%). Apparently creative Industry and Past Miss Botswana Queens Representatives at the boot camp (25%), Panel of judges at the event (25%) and attendants at the event through an app (25%).

The organisers stated through a press release that Miss Botswana rebranding, relaunching, crowning night will strictly by invitation and corporate hosting, adding that very limited tickets at P1500 will still be available from countrywide webticket offices.

The pageant will apparently be broadcast on television. Development Advance Institute (DAI), represented by Benjamin Raletsatsi, was subcontracted the license to Miss Botswana 2018 by Botswana Council of Women (BCW), the License Holders for Miss Botswana. DAI presented to BCW a five year plan to restructure BCW and Miss Botswana brands. In terms of Miss Botswana this was necessary to salvage our National Beauty Pageant, which has produced Mpule Kwelagobe (1998 Miss Universe winner) and Emma Warius (1st runner up to 2010 Miss World).

The organisers acknowledged that the pageant has been marred in controversy and noted that their mission is to rebrand and regain trust with all stakeholders and the general public.

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Excitement mounts ahead of inaugural Gabs Book Festival

Keletso Thobega

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It is all systems go for the inaugural Gaborone Book Festival (GBF), which will be held from the 21-22 September 2018 at Maitisong. The two-day book festival will feature panels, talks, readings, conversations, book chats, book launches and book sales all headlined by the featured local and guest authors.

The opening night on Friday evening will feature authors Michael Dingake, Margaret Daymond, Brigitta Zwani and Nsungululi Mbo. Dingake will focus on his biography and there will be readings of selected Bessie Head letters and interpretation by author Daymond. There will also be an authors meet and greet as well as book sales.

The organisers, GBF Trust states that confirmed featured authors are Lauri Kubuitsile, Michael Dingake, Andrew Sesinyi, Ednah Rosen, Modirwa Kekwaletswe, Donald Molosi, Brigitta Zwani, Tomeletso Sereetsi, Thalefang Charles, Monirul Bhuiyan, Nelson Letshwene,  Kgomotso Jongman and Bongani Malunga. From across the continent, the confirmed authors are Lola Shoneyin, Margaret Daymond, Zukiswa Wanner,Victor Kgomoeswana, Esinako Ndabeni, Sihle Mthembu, Niq Mhlongo as well as publisher, Thabiso Mahlape. The organisers say that they wanted to feature authors whose books cover a wide range of themes and topics. The 22 September, which is the main festival day, will kickstart with a writers’ seminar involving all those in the book ecosystem. The seminar will cover issues of marketing and publishing.

According to one of the organisers, Kenanao Phele, an exciting programme will follow this for all, filled with panel discussions, conversations, inspirational book chats, readings and book sales amongst others.

“With the diversity and experience of the authors, the festival touch on varied, in depth topics highlighted by featured authors including culture, music, fiction, travelogues, memoirs, politics, mental health, culinary and cuisine. Furthermore, the festival will also have a fun and exciting space for 100 students from government primary schools, a section made possible by the Orange Foundation,” she says.

She further says that since the beginning of this year, the GBF Trust has been involved in a number of book related activities to get readers in the city and beyond ready for the festival. On the criteria for selecting the authors, she says that the Trust was looking for authors who have been part of GBF platforms in 2018, who have written on important topics/themes that are conversation sparkers, books that have made a mark in Botswana, across the continent, beyond and are some award winning. “Some of our guest authors are celebrated or award winning.

We would also like to feature similar local authors on our platforms to introduce them to more and new readers as well as show them the possibilities that exist for them in the continent and beyond as they interact with the guest authors and publishers.”

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