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Vee Mampeezy “blesses” his fans with Champion

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Botswana’s award-winning kwaito kwasa artist, Odirile ‘Vee Mampeezy’ Sento has released another album titled ‘Champion.’ This follows hot on the heels of his successful album ‘I do’, which was released last year in August and earned him a Metro award. The album, Champion, which was launched together with the video of the song of the same title last Thursday, is expected to hit the shelves in two weeks’ time.

The intimate launch gig was held in collaboration with Orange Botswana, which he is a brand ambassador of. Sento, affectionately known as Vee, spoke passionately of his music and stated that he never wants to release half cooked material. While some people thought it was too soon for him to drop a new offering, the pint-sized artist explained that he wanted to refine his work. « ‘I felt that ‘I do’ did not reflect the real me. I had to compromise on a lot of things because I didn’t work alone. In this album together, I worked with Trademark and Universal Music Group, who are both based in South Africa.

Locally, I worked with DJ Bino, DJ Kuchi, Suffocate, Lizibo and DJ Lou,” he said. Sento and his team started putting the ten-track album together in April this year. He noted that 2017 had been his busiest year. He said that he had worked on the Orange tour Botswana and Safe male circumcision campaign. ‘I hired a lodge for three weeks to a month, in order to work on the recording whilst also doing the country tours,’ he said.

Vee said that he wanted to reflect his true identity and his love for Jesus on this album. “This album is very much a street album, and it is more personal in the sense that, I worked alone on all songs so I could send a clear message of how I feel and what is currently happening in my life.” He further said that when he put the album together, he was under pressure from his new record label, the Trademark and Universal studios and he had to ensure that he gave his very best. ‘’They told me that if the whole album is boring they would rather release a single only.

They said no artist is going to change the rules of Universal ; I had to make sure that I produce a hit.  This video cost P250 000 and it is the most expensive video I have ever done. This is a risk I’m taking. I must show that I am an international artist through the standard of my work.  This is the best video to be ever produced in Africa not only in Botswana,’’ he said. For her part, Lepata Mafa- Orange Botswana Director of Legal and Corporate affairs, noted that Vee is a true ambassador of Orange Botswana.

‘We are honoured to have collaborated with the multi-award winning artist to launch his new video. His passion, commitment and busines acumen remain unmatched. He is a true testament that hardwork pays. We applaud him and continue to play a part in development of culture and music arts in Botswana. Vee is a true living legend and a true champion.’

Vee explained that he had named the album Champion because of his belief that everyone is a champion in his or her own right. “I wanted to encourage people to remember that, no matter what you do in life, as long as you are committed and show dedication, you are definitely a champion,” he said. Vee entered the local music industry with his first hit ‘Taku Taku’ back in early 2000s. He has since released 14 albums and Champion becomes the 15th one. Orange Botswana is passionate about his brand, his talent and the fact that he represents what a proudly Botswana brand can do when managed correctly. Mafa emphasised that Botswana is blessed with talent that has to be nurtured, celebrated and supported.

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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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