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Mokoto Festival grows in leaps and bounds

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Mokoto wa Lesoso Cultural Festival held this past weekend in Shoshong attracted over 400 revellers.
This is a significant growth when one considers that they brought together only 200 people last year when they launched.
Mokoto Wa Lesoso was first started by a young group of Shoshong youth, under their social club dubbed, Makgobokane. The Makgobokane social club was formed as an organisation aimed at helping the underprivileged and giving back to the communities of the Shoshong village and its proximities.
To diversify on their mandate, the social club then looked back into their village, on what they can do to promote culture, bringing people together to embrace their culture as the Bangwato of Shoshong.

The idea of cultural preservation was then benchmarked from one of the biggest annual festivities in the Bakwena village, the Dithubaruba in Molepolole.
Chairman of the Makgobokane Social Club, Edwin Lesole told Vibe that they realised that as one of the much-loved dishes in the Bangwato area is the Mokoto, then started the Mokoto wa Lesoso in Shoshong.

Lesole noted that the event had attracted people from as far as Urban cities to celebrate this cultural event and were treated to the traditional mouth-watering dishes, such as bogobe jwa lerotse, seswaa, phane, morogo wa dinanwa amongst others.

The traditional brew, khadi was also served. From the music part, a local kwaito kwasa artist born and bred in Shoshong, Swagger Lady kept the guests hooked to her energetic kwasa moves with her six crew dancers, as well as the local choirs on the scene.

“This event helps us to raise funds and work with social workers and identify the needy around the area and see how we can assist them. We had previously decided to build a house for one beneficiary in Motlhabaneng, unfortunately the beneficiary then passed on, but we then completed the structure and hand over to the deceased’ child.”

Lesole lamented that finance remains a major challenge in hosting the event but because they do not want to let the Mokoto fest lovers down, he had to make sure that he makes it a success. “I had to spend about P20,000 from my pocket to make this event happen. I had to make sure that I find money to make the event a success.

We approached Barclays and Choppies amongst other stakeholders, Choppies only availed their Shoshong branch manager to be a speaker, but availed nothing in terms of money or food items,” he said.

When the Makgobokane association started it had about 500 members from the youth of Shoshong and evrery year members renew their membership by P100 and P10 as monthly subscriptions, and now those who renewed their membership had dropped in numbers. The social club then uses the membership subscriptions to find something that they can give back to the community.

According to Lesole, they had printed limit of 200 tickets and they were sold out, and people had to pay at the gate and the number even doubled to 400 and more. He added that the merchandise was also sold out, as compared to the previous year where a bulk of the merchandise did not sell.

To end the formalities of the day just before dusk, men were gathered at the kgotla to be served with the Mokoto. This meat is only served to men and is not to be eaten by women. As for the night crawlers, the event’s after party was moved to a farm outside the village to continue with the fun.

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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

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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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