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SK Seshoboloko emerges winners of Kgatleng dikhwaere challenge

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Incentives meant to motivate them to do better

Scores of revellers flocked to Segale Primary School in Mochudi this past weekend for the much awaited Thootho Cultural Festival that saw several dikhwaere groups battle it out to emerge winners of the day challenge. The weather seemed to be in their favour and everyone was in a jubilant mood as they enjoyed the enticing talent on show on the day. But picking a winner was no walk in the park as each group seemingly came prepared to give their best and emerge winners on the day. After a field day of song and dance, SK Choboloko beat True Fighters, SK Dipitse, DK Dichaoka and SK Seshoboloko to become the winners of the day.

The group walked away with a cash prize of P2, 000, a trophy, certificate signed by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Development and DVDs of the event which they will sell to make good money. The second in line was True Fighters who pocketed P1500, a certificate and DVDs, followed by SK Dipitse who went home with P1000. Other winners were Jomo Ratsatsi of SK Seshoboloko who walked away with the best entertainer award followed by Ford Lebekwe (SK Dipitse) and Cornelius Kgotlhang (True Fighters). The tshwerre/phala winners were Monica Leagakang (SK Dipitse), Mokgethi Gare (SK Seshoboloko) and Boipelo Mogotsi (True Fighters) in first, second and third place, respectively.

The chief organiser of the festival, Jautse Nkwe, told Vibe that the focus was not on the prizes but rather on the talent that each group showcased. He expressed gratitude that the group members had not argued about money but appreciated the little that they had been awarded. “Mind you they spent a lot of money on transport to arrive at the venue, food and their uniform but they did not complain that they were given too little money because they were driven by passion. I am confident that many more opportunities await them from here,” he said.

Nkwe explained that the certificate would help them engage with sponsors and the DVD would help them make money and continue to market themselves. Nkwe also thanked everyone who had supported them, including a few corporate companies, community leaders, family and friends. “It shows me that they appreciate the initiative and understand what I am trying to do,” he said. Nkwe added that the aim of this festival is traditional form of song and dance to fight crime and create a leisure day for community members to relax and unwind. It also aims to give local performers a chance to showcase their talent to music lovers from the locality and nationally.

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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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