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Triple R makes a comeback

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Renowned traditional music and comedy group Triple R is back with a bang. Triple R, made of popular characters Rra Mozara, Rra Monyai and Rra Monyaku, endeared themselves to Batswana with their catchy music and rib cracking comedy short dramas. One member of the group, Rra Monyai has been busy in Klerksdorp, South Africa. He is the brain behind the traditional group, Kopano ke matla, which he worked closely with from its inception.

The group is currently promoting its development album Dinonyane, which was nominated in the South Africa Traditional Music Awards (SATMAs) in 2016 and 2017. The group took part in the Grahamstown Arts Festival in July earlier this year.

The group also has junior categories for children aged 7-10, those in the 13 and 16 age bracket and those who are above 16 years old. Rra Monyaku will travel with the group to Kuruman on September 5 this year and to Lesotho on September 10 where the group will perform at culture festivals. In an interview with Vibe, Rra Monyaku quashed rumours that Triple R had split. “We are still together.

We were just taking a break. We are now working on our new album,” he said. He said that the new album, to be released before the end of the year, would be accompanied by a DVD with their usual comedy skits, which he said are popular among many Batswana. On the 26th of August 21, 2017 the group will perform at the Sefalana customer day, while they will grace the Mahalapye Culture Day on September, 2, 2017. The group members are also spearheading the Tswapong Festival Unity Cup slated for December. “We wanted to give back to the community because there are a lot of people in need around the area. That is when we came together to conceptualise this festival,” the group members noted.

The festival has already received a boost from a sponsor named Unopa Mabangwa who has donated football kits. They said that they expect more people to come on board as time goes by. The festival will attract football teams from area villages such as Rasesa/Tumasera, Chadibe/Seleka, Ngwapha and Mosopha villages, among others. They stated that all proceeds – in the form of gate takings and pledges- would go towards underprivileged families identified in the region. They will also collect food, clothes and other items that people might want to give away.To get involved with Tswapong Festival Unity Cup or get more information, call 741 386 85.

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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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