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Beauty Pageant Director dumps Model at 11th hour!

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The National Director of Awaited Models Agency, who also serves as an affiliate of Mr. Oceans World, Segolame Kudumedi, has unceremoniously withdrawn Botswana representative Kabelo Makulwane from participating at the Mr. Ocean 2017 World final penciled for November 14th in Taiwan China.
Makulwane won the Oceans Botswana title early this year and that automatically earned him an opportunity to represent the country at the upcoming world event.

However, Makulwane got the shock of his life last week when the pageant local director (Kudumedi) publicly announced on social media that he (Makulwane) would no longer represent Botswana in China and that his runner up Moreetsi Bosupeng would take over. The short statement on reads: “ Due to unforeseen circumstances Mr Oceans Botswana will not make it. This means his first runner up Bosupeng will take over. All the best young man.”

According to the devastated Makulwane, Kudumedi never bothered to consult him about her sudden decision. “A few weeks ago she asked me if I would manage to travel to China and I told her that I was still sourcing funds for the trip. But now all of a sudden it appears that I have been sidelined,” he lamented.
The 27-year-old Kang born model told Vibe that he is currently unsettled and to add salt to his injury, the director has distanced herself and left him in the dark regarding the new developments. He said that representing Botswana in China would have been a dream comes true for him. However he is currently in dire straits but was somehow still hopeful that given a chance, he would be able to raise the needed funds.

Reached for comment, Kudumedi threw a tantrum and told this reporter that she was not interested in discussing the issue. “I was not there when you approached Makulwane for your article and I will not interfere now, all I did was announce who is going and who is not,” she said before hanging up.

However this publication has it in good authority that Makulwane and Kudumedi‘s relationship can be traced from far back. He has been under the tutelage of Kudumedi at her modelling Agency; in fact the Ocean King was using the agency to prepare for the world finals in Taiwan. It was also through the assistance of Kudumedi that Makulwane emerged the winner of the first ever Mr. &Miss Bakgalagari beauty pageant (her brain child) in 2015. Makulwane explained that he is failing to recall as to where their relationship could have turned sour, as she has been an inspiration to him in the fashion industry.

Meanwhile, Bosupeng could hardly contain his excitement. “The director approached me on the 3rd of October saying Makulwane will not be able to participate and I grabbed the opportunity,” he said. Fortunately for him, his parents have volunteered to cover all his expenses, which are estimated to be close to P15, 000. The China Committee covers the return flight, accommodation and meals.

When asked if he was aware of Makulwane’s situation, Bosupeng said they had not discussed the matter and he believed that there were no hard feelings because he (Makulwane) had wished him well.

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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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