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All roads led to the Ticketpro Dome in the city of Gold, Johannesburg this past Saturday for are of the biggest lifestyle and entertainment event to take place on the continent – BET Experience Africa –trending under the hashtag, BETXAFRICA.

The event, the first of its kind, organised by BET Africa, a channel showing on DStv, marked the first time that the BET Experience took place outside the United States of America. And it lived to its hype of bringing only the crème de la crème, of music, comedy, fashion, as well as motivational speakers. For 24 hours, multitudes of fun lovers descended on the venue, and partied like rock stars.

One thing that media personalities from several African countries including Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Botswana, Zambia and Ghana noted was the amount of work that went into putting an event of this magnitude. It also became evident once, one walked into the venue that a lot of manpower and infrastructure had been deployed to give revellers the best Christmas outing, one that will forever remain etched in their memories. 

The most important event of the day for those who were itching to dance till their feet hurt was reserved for the evening. On the line-up were top performers who have over time mastered the art of live performance. Starting off the mouth-watering line-up was none other than Tanzania’s Diamond – the young performer left no stones unturned, and gave his fans a thrilling set.

Next up was the sexy Nigerian born Flavour of Nwa baby fame. The minute he took to the stage everything changed, the man who is popular for his rubber waist was in his best element and brought the house down. He was particularly on point when he completed his set with the performance of his most popular hit, Nwa baby, sending all in the Dome into a frenzy.

Even the VIP section where the likes of the minister of Sports, Fikile Mbalula was seated turned into something else, with many silently shaking what their mamas gave them. Others who also held their own was the Twitter king of South Africa, AKA who for once was not spewing bile on social media, but was using his talent to spread love. For once, people were not looking for a corner to hide, but were embracing him and his music.

American rapper, Young Thug making a grand entrance on stage with a heavy jacket that looked like a heavy blanket sold at Oriental Plaza, also rewarded his fans for their loyalty. He was short and sweet, and even for those who could not grasp his lyrics, they still enjoyed his perf.

The last two performances of the night were by U.S born award winning artists Mary J.Blige and Maxwell. MJB was in her best element and she was a marvel to watch.

Pausing between performances to give her fans a bit of wisdom, she thrilled with performances of several of her all time hits. Maxwell, of ‘This woman’s work,’ who was also the headline artist, also delivered, taking time to spread love and showcase why he is one of the best performers in the worlds right now. Flexing his muscles on stage, and taking routines that appeared like he was in an exercise session, he beautifully concluded the first of many BET Experience Africa events.

Prior to the main festival taking place in the evening, dozens of revellers trickled into the venue, both young and old, all looking forward to a one of a kind experience. They were treated to several build-up events that took place at the venue including a fashion show featuring none other than Africa’s top designer, David Tlale who recently returned from New York Fashion week with his retro themed designs. 

On the one end, those who were looking for motivation were given the opportunity to listen to inspirational talks from gurus that included South Africa’s Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula, Khanyi Dlomo a media mogul, Amadou Fall, Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rocks, Greg Maloka, as well as Stephen Hill.

For those who were looking for some light entertainment that could loosen their jaws, they were treated to the best of Comedy with stand-up comedians that included David Kau, Jason Goliath, Kenya’s Churchill and many more.

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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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