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Kefus Leo takes event MCing to another level

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Kefilwe Leonard better known by her stage name Kefus Leo, is one of Botswana’s most vivacious MCs. The vibrant Kefus Leo has sparked off an engaging career in entertainment and seems destined for greatness. Coupled with her hot looks and humorous bubbly character, it is clear that her dreams of being one of the best event MCs in the country are not out of reach. We recently caught up with her and she said that she excels because she is passionate about what she does. “I enjoy what I do and I want to see myself grow in the industry, I want to be the greatest MC of this generation,” she said. The ever-energetic Kefus Leo always steals the show with her humour and admirable top -notch dance moves.

The bright-eyed bushy tailed lass is currently a presenter for an online show called What’s The Fuzz. She also recently completed Bachelor of Arts Media Studies at the University of Botswana. She has been quite busy on the work front and this year alone she took to the stage at DJ Modrics’ birthday party, the Ten Up music concert organised by DJ Izzy, the Miss Women Empowerment beauty pageant, Colour run Molepolole.She is also a host at Chez Nicolas lounge. Kefus Leo is however the first to admit that her path has not been smooth sailing. “I have had setbacks in my career.

I sometimes find it difficult with back-to-back shows but I always make sure that I attend each and every show that I am invited to host. I am confident that I can excel through determination and hard work,” she says. So what is the secret to her success? A sneaky smile plays across her lips and she responds that passion drives her. “The amount of energy that I have comes from my love for what I do. I would do shows every day if I could. I always make sure that I reverberate and double my energy from the last show because I know that someone out there will always notice.”

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Making outstanding art through waste material

Keletso Thobega

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Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame

Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.

One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.

Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.

He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”

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BOMU awards go on…

Keletso Thobega

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The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.

The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.

He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.

We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”

Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.

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