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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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BOSJE elevates jazz education in Botswana

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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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