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Charma Gal unveils tombstones for late dancers

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Francistown’s only female promoter, Mable Mahula says that proceeds from Charma Gal’s album launch on Friday will go towards erecting tombstones for the popular artist’s dancers who perished in a fatal car accident a year ago. Speaking to VIBE in the middle of preparations for Charma’s Mmokolodi launch at Francistown Old Stadium, Mahula, whose relationship with Charma Gal goes back to her days as a member of Culture Spears, noted that the dancers need to be honoured as they entertained many people.

Mahula is not new in the local and international music scenes, as she has in the past years booked Zimbabwean heavyweights in the likes of the late Tongai Moyo, veteran guitarist Aleck Macheso and many others. She is also known for organising big festivals. She also said that as a businesswoman with a passion for the entertainment sector, she realised that the industry was viable a long time ago.

She started off by selling liquor during big festivals and later moved to organising gigs. Meanwhile, Charma Gal, who is still travelling the breath of the country to launch her brand new album Mmokolodi, said that the show would be a good gesture and honour to her late dancers as they have had an exciting career with her. Residents of Francistown and surrounding areas will be treated to a fun filled album launch concert by Charma Gal.

The proceeds of the show will assist complete Monarch Customary court shelter. Mahule, who is also the promoter of the show and Monarch customary court president Gunny Moses revealed that Charma Gal’s launch came at the right time as they needed cash to complete the shelter. Moses said that when he arrived at the Kgotla some years ago, he had a headache of roofing the shelter whose thatched roof was torched down by some criminal elements within the locality. He further said that he had welcomed the gesture with open arms.

“When the promoter sold me the idea and revealed that Charma Gal was behind us and was willing to assist our community, I was quite excited,” he said. He noted that he had ensured that the gig materialises although it was short notice. Mahula is also on cloud nine but her bone of contention lies in the fact that their advertising banners for the show are frequently torn down and they are forced to replace them time and again.

Apart from this, everything is going well, she noted. When reached for comment, Charma Gal said that she was excited about the upcoming show and the development. “I am happy that I will be performing in Francistown on Friday because it will be the first time that I launch Mmokolodi in the north of the country,” she said.

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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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