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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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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

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omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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