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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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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

Tshepo Kehemile

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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