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A o a mmona Vee? Wa baa tsile!

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Hitmaker explains controversial song

He says that he is not fazed by the criticism

Vee Mampeezy made kwaito fashionable and brought pride to kasi life several years ago when he burst into the music scene with hits such as Pompa Tswidi and Taku Taku. Several years later, he has several awards under his belt, continental fame and money to show for his success. But when he shared that he had his rekindled relationship with God, he raised a storm of controversy, as critics could not fathom how kwaito culture and Christianity gelled.

The pint-sized artist has however insisted that God had sent him to spread His word through his music and as if to prove this, his hits songs such as No Suffer and Baba, among others, have a spiritual undertone. However, his latest single, Waa baa tsile has left music lovers boggled and attracted aspersions that he has now lost the plot because this Setswana phrase is often associated with irritation and resentment. Vee seems unfazed by the criticism as he explains the true meaning of the song in an exclusive interview.

 

His new song titled Waaba a tsile, has swam under criticism over the past few weeks on social media but Odirile Sento, better known as Vee Mampeezy, is quite unfazed. Interestingly, the single was warmly received at the Ten Up music concert held at Molapo Stanbic Piazza this past Friday when the pint-sized artist took to the stage. The crowd sang along the lyrics, which were bickered by foul and unfair sharing on Facebook.In a recent interview with Vibe, Vee explained that “Waaba a tsile” speaks about the presence of Jesus conveys blessings into his life and he is excited about Jesus coming into his life.

The Taku-taku hit maker threw a jab at the worrywarts, citing that some people always want to put down a great product and do not appreciate good work. “Most of the time people try their best to put down a good thing, all the song talks about is the goodness of the Lord,” he said confidently. He further said that a few people have tried to turn around the sound and put a very bad coat to it so that the song doesn’t sound well and now that the song is in receipt of splendid reception most are embarrassed.

“As you know my fans will always speak for me every show I attend they love the song and sing along to the lyrics and everyone who has tried to put down the song are ashamed. I don’t see any problem with the song, people always confess the goodness of the Lord, God has came into my life and my life has changed for good, we went to Serowe on Independence and Waaba a tsile was all the people were waiting for, this song is going to be even bigger because people now get a grip to the truthfulness of the lyrics,” he said. The kwaito-kwasa artist reassured us that he is not irked by the negative energy that floods his music career.

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Three vie for Miss Botswana 2018 crown

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A press release from the organisers states that general public public voting through sms line from 10am Tuesday 18 September – 10 am Friday 21 September 2018 (25%). Apparently creative Industry and Past Miss Botswana Queens Representatives at the boot camp (25%), Panel of judges at the event (25%) and attendants at the event through an app (25%).

The organisers stated through a press release that Miss Botswana rebranding, relaunching, crowning night will strictly by invitation and corporate hosting, adding that very limited tickets at P1500 will still be available from countrywide webticket offices.

The pageant will apparently be broadcast on television. Development Advance Institute (DAI), represented by Benjamin Raletsatsi, was subcontracted the license to Miss Botswana 2018 by Botswana Council of Women (BCW), the License Holders for Miss Botswana. DAI presented to BCW a five year plan to restructure BCW and Miss Botswana brands. In terms of Miss Botswana this was necessary to salvage our National Beauty Pageant, which has produced Mpule Kwelagobe (1998 Miss Universe winner) and Emma Warius (1st runner up to 2010 Miss World).

The organisers acknowledged that the pageant has been marred in controversy and noted that their mission is to rebrand and regain trust with all stakeholders and the general public.

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Excitement mounts ahead of inaugural Gabs Book Festival

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It is all systems go for the inaugural Gaborone Book Festival (GBF), which will be held from the 21-22 September 2018 at Maitisong. The two-day book festival will feature panels, talks, readings, conversations, book chats, book launches and book sales all headlined by the featured local and guest authors.

The opening night on Friday evening will feature authors Michael Dingake, Margaret Daymond, Brigitta Zwani and Nsungululi Mbo. Dingake will focus on his biography and there will be readings of selected Bessie Head letters and interpretation by author Daymond. There will also be an authors meet and greet as well as book sales.

The organisers, GBF Trust states that confirmed featured authors are Lauri Kubuitsile, Michael Dingake, Andrew Sesinyi, Ednah Rosen, Modirwa Kekwaletswe, Donald Molosi, Brigitta Zwani, Tomeletso Sereetsi, Thalefang Charles, Monirul Bhuiyan, Nelson Letshwene,  Kgomotso Jongman and Bongani Malunga. From across the continent, the confirmed authors are Lola Shoneyin, Margaret Daymond, Zukiswa Wanner,Victor Kgomoeswana, Esinako Ndabeni, Sihle Mthembu, Niq Mhlongo as well as publisher, Thabiso Mahlape. The organisers say that they wanted to feature authors whose books cover a wide range of themes and topics. The 22 September, which is the main festival day, will kickstart with a writers’ seminar involving all those in the book ecosystem. The seminar will cover issues of marketing and publishing.

According to one of the organisers, Kenanao Phele, an exciting programme will follow this for all, filled with panel discussions, conversations, inspirational book chats, readings and book sales amongst others.

“With the diversity and experience of the authors, the festival touch on varied, in depth topics highlighted by featured authors including culture, music, fiction, travelogues, memoirs, politics, mental health, culinary and cuisine. Furthermore, the festival will also have a fun and exciting space for 100 students from government primary schools, a section made possible by the Orange Foundation,” she says.

She further says that since the beginning of this year, the GBF Trust has been involved in a number of book related activities to get readers in the city and beyond ready for the festival. On the criteria for selecting the authors, she says that the Trust was looking for authors who have been part of GBF platforms in 2018, who have written on important topics/themes that are conversation sparkers, books that have made a mark in Botswana, across the continent, beyond and are some award winning. “Some of our guest authors are celebrated or award winning.

We would also like to feature similar local authors on our platforms to introduce them to more and new readers as well as show them the possibilities that exist for them in the continent and beyond as they interact with the guest authors and publishers.”

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