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Local models, designers shine at Masa Square Fashion Show

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The classic and exceptional Masa Square staged a memorable fashion show that will remain etched in the minds of many. The much-awaited fashion show gave designers the chance to showcase their work and be appreciated for their talent. The face of the Masa Square Fashion Show, Oratile Kefitlhile, steered the show well as the MC of the evening.

She looked stunning in her Cinderella inspired dress, which she noted was made by a local fashion designer. The models impressed the audience as they took to the ramp. They exuded confidence and grace, that one attendant couldn’t help but ask if the locals were local or international.

They did their best and showed all that they have what it takes to give their international counterparts a run for their money. One of the fashion designers, Tankiso Mathware said that she appreciated being part of the fashion show, saying that it gave them exposure and it was in overall well organised. Nonetheless. One of the fashion designers Kaone Moremong of House of Kay begged to differ saying that the fashion show should improve certain things in the future.

“We did not have a chance to watch the models parading the stage because there was no space for us to sit. I was not really impressed by this because fashion designers mean fashion show therefore next time they should really remedy this. We were backstage with the models and I did not really like it,” she said. However, most of the attendants appreciated the fashion show and dubbed it a night to not forget.

“The fashion show was well planned and everything looked on point including the enormous space provided for the models and just the lay out of the place. It was impressive and I cannot wait for the next one,” one attendant said. At the end there had to be one best designer winner and it was Didah. The other designers who showcased their work included Thabiso Dibeela, Lame Chilume, Delayna Scott, Tlamo Mosinyi, Natasha Selelo, Lesedi Matlapeng and Botho Chalebgwa.

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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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