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Students mesmirise parents with Ballet world premiere, fairies in black and white John Mackenzie school

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Parents and students at John Mackenzie School in Francistown were treated to a night of Ballet premier dubbed Fairies in Black and White as it presents its first ever full length, female powered story ballet, an original story written and choreographed by Kaylynn Bryant. Performed by 44 talented rising stars of ballet and dance from John Mackenzie School, the stunning original hour long production brought to life the near-unknown vibrant treasure of ballet to Francistown.

Embracing the old classical and popular themes of ballet, fused with vibrant modern contemporary dance and experimental elements of Tai-Chi, it tells the story of a young fairy caught between two feuding queens in a brilliant depiction of sibling rivalry. “Fairies in Black and White” was presented at the John Mackenzie School Hall in two performances on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September 2017.

A ballet in two parts, Fairies in Black and White opens with a kingdom torn between two rival sibling queens. The good queen who rules with grace, nurturing her young fairies and loving what was right and the other, is a dark selfish and uncaring queen using her fairies for darker deeds jealously plotting broodily for her sister’s downfall.

Filled with rage the dark queen connives a way for her dark fairies to capture the youngest and most innocent fairy from the good queen. As part two opens, the youngest fairy has been captured and the dark queen is struggling to train her to use her powers for darkness. Upon realising that her youngest fairy has been captured the heart broken good queen summons her good fairies to attempt a daring rescue mission. Upon arrival in the dark kingdom a brutal battle ensues between the good and dark fairies with the innocent little fairy being accidentally fatality wounded.

The enraged queens bout into a stalemate and recognise that a united kingdom with peace is more beneficial, concluding with both queens coming together they raise the little fairy back to life uniting the dark and good kingdoms to live together in eternal peace. The script of the play was written by Kaylynn Bryant and her assistant choreographer Mpho Keitumetse and Raphael Ngoma, whilst the lighting and sound engineer was by Sean Bryant. Key characters in the play include the Dark Queen who was portrayed by Reatile Lekgetho, Good Queen by Dimpho Baruti, whereas the little fairy was portrayed by Nicole Madanha.

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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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