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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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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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