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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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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

Keletso Thobega

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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