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Doccie captures history of herculean education institution, Tigerkloof

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A sizeable crowd of film enthusiasts, arts practitioners, media and members of the public gathered at the National Museum this past Thursday for the screening of the documentary TigerKloof: Symphony in stone. The observational documentary was produced by filmmaker Mpho Dintwa of BoxScreen Pictures and co-produced by Shirely Moulder, who is a trustee of the Southern Africa Trust and the current chairperson of the TigerKloof School board.

Professor Fred Morton and Bono Mmusi of the Botswana Society welcomed the guests and shared a brief history about the society and their affiliated relations with Dintwa, who also received support from Jim Wilkinson, the Birmingham film trust and the Tutu Foundation, among others. During his address, Dintwa said that it was important to tell stories that resonate with Africa and also document our history, particularly to share with future generations, adding that he had learnt a lot during the research process.

He noted that the project, which took two years to complete was no walk in the park and he was forced to make several sacrifices that included selling some of his assets and turning to his family for assistance. “I had to sell some of my stuff and be left with nothing. But I was driven by passion and had the conviction that this was a story worth telling,” he said.

The documentary features historic details on the establishment of Tigerkloof and the method of education, and carries interviews with founding Botswana leaders who attended the school such as of former minister Dr Gaositwe Chiepe, former politician and diplomat Archibald Mogwe and former president Sir Quett Ketumile Masire. It also reflects the state of the school now: the community projects and the academic and co-curricular activity. Since it reopened in 1995, efforts have been made restore the school to its former glory.

The concept of the documentary is fantastic and it is clear that a lot of effort went into the research. The content is also insightful, informative and refreshing. However, there were a few repetitions and irrelevant clips that made it drag on longer and seem cumbersome. Dintwa noted that they still need to market the documentary globally and would appreciate support from here and beyond. To liaise with the production team email: boxscreenpictures@gmail.com

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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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