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SKY Girls BW launches Season 3 of Matswaka Bae

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SKY BW hosted a listening session of Season 3 of Matswaka Bae this past Thursday at Lorraine’s Ntlo Maison Bistro, Gaborone. Apart from the chilly weather it was a lovely midweek outing; the ambience of the stunning restaurant was laidback, with a sea of beautiful people and yummy nibbles and drinks. The low-key event attracted media, friends of the cast members and stakeholders including representatives from the Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation and BOSASNET, among others.

Familiar faces included television presenter and brand ambassador Sadi Dikgaka, who looked pretty in a ponytail updo hairstyle and rocked a white jacket. Effervescent media personality Tshepo Maphanyane of Gabz FM was her usual chirpy self; she looked stunning with a lace wig that framed her face beautifully, and wore a black ensemble with sky-high heels.

She completed the look with a generous dab of popping pink lipstick. Yarona FM Zizi Panther (real name Mimi Mokgwathi) was with rumoured fiancé Bonnie Dintwa. Elle Brooks of Social Dialogue, who did a sterling job as MC, welcomed the guests. She gave a brief history of SKY and shared the mandate of the initiative. She also explained that they chose a medium that youth would identify with.

“The radio drama uses storytelling to allow the audience to explore their own feelings and actions, and aims to help teenage girls navigate their way through life,” she said. Speaking on behalf of the cast, eloquent Carol Kgomotso, who plays Mimi’s mom and Ms Thebe the teacher, waxed lyrical of the initiative and shared how being part of such a project had changed their lives.

She highlighted that the most important aspect of SKY BW is the impact that it has on the lives of young people in Botswana. The main cast members were also present and include Kago Malele who plays Lerato, Bonolo Bodibeng who tackles the character Chedza and Mimi Kayabe who acts as Mimi in the play. After the listening session, guests were treated to a wonderful performance by Jordan Mzenda and Katlego Ntirang, who did covers of popular songs like ‘Turn the lights down low’ by Lauryn Hill. Mzenda’s excellent guitar skills complemented Ntirang’s hauntingly rich voice.

Last year SKY Girls BW, in conjunction with T.O.P Art, first launched Matswakae Bae, a radio drama focusing on the lives of teens in Botswana. The drama highlights the highs and lows of everyday life and has proven to be a hit among young people across Botswana. The drama centers on the lives of three girls living in Gaborone, Lerato, Chedza and Mimi. Season one revolved around Lerato’s struggles to stay true to herself. Season 2, which aired in April 2017, focused on the pressure to be popular. In Season 3, that launches this Saturday, the girls are now in the final term of Form 3 and they face exam and relationship pressure that include tackling the blesser phenomenon.

There are other interesting additions as local artist Lucky Dima of Kuptan Skool has brought the Matswaka Bae characters to life in the form of a comic strip that can be found in every issue of SKY magazine. SKY stands for ‘Sure Ka Yone’ and ‘Shapo Ka Yone’. SKY Girls are defined as teenage girls who have defined the things that they love (Sures) and the things they don’t want in their lives (Shapos). Since launching in February 2014, over 15,000 girls have taken the SKY pledge – a personal promise to stay true to themselves.

The SKY magazine is delivered to schools every three months, while the SKY Live radio talk show airs on RB2 radio station, every Saturday at 12.30pm. **To learn more about the SKY movement, make a pledge or listen to past episodes, visit skygirlsbw on Facebook, or sky-girls-bw on Soundcloud or skygirlsbw on their YouTube page. They are also on iTunes, and you can search ‘Matswaka Bae’.

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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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