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Northern Music Awards ready to upset BOMU’s apple cart

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When Francistown artists complained last year of the ill-treatment they receive from Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU), commentators regarded them as crybabies. Undeterred, they came together and launched the first ever Northern Music Awards, which were held on the 19th December 2015 in Francistown.

The awards, which received coverage from Botswana Television, have left BOMU with a stinking egg on the face. This is because, for a long time, BOMU has been enjoying the monopoly of staging awards for local artists without any competitor.

The Northern awards covered all areas of creative arts as they recognised and awarded trophies to all deserving creative artists including theatre, comedians, producers, poets, journalists, promoters and disk jockeys. BOMU has never done this since it promotes music only.

The project coordinator Lyelor Nkosi could not hide his excitement in an interview with Vibe. The awards, he said, had exceeded their expectations. “When we initiated these awards, we decided to do something different knowing that BOMU was only concentrating on music at the expense of  other creative arts. We decided to close the gap by encompassing all creative arts as a way of rewarding the artists for the good job they have been doing for this country. For a long time, artists from the north have been neglected,’’ he explained.

He added that it was very rare for a northern artist to get recognition at BOMU awards. Nkosi cited the example of MC Maswe who was nominated for two categories last year only for him to be “cheated” to walk away empty-handed. During the northern awards, the Zwamaronga hit-maker won the best lifetime achiever artist in the north as well as the most popular artist, beating the likes of Mahempe hands down.

Solomon Chase Mabutho of Bon Fella records bagged the best Francistown producer while DJ Bunz aka Peter Gaseitsiwe ran away with the best DJ award. Maswe told this publication after the awards that after he was “cheated” at BOMU, he had resolved never to enter any competition as most of them were biased against Francistown artists.

“I could not believe what I saw at the Northern Awards. The arrangement was out of this world. The number of Francistown civic leaders also motivated me, including Councillors and Members of Parliament (MPs) who graced the occasion. The last BOMU awards had dented my pride as I had been certain of winning at least one award but that was not to be.

I must confess that the Northern Awards made my day as my hard work was finally recognised. One good thing about these awards is the fact that all the judgments and nominations were done by Francistown based journalists from all media houses including the Botswana Daily News. These journalists are always following our progress and it was a good thing to involve them to avoid needless complaints,’’ he said.

WINNERS
Best Poetry-  Tsikitsiki, best theatre- Ghetto Artists, Best DJ- Bunz, best producer-Solomon Chase Mabutho, best upcoming artist- BBlock, best music group Tjilenje the Ngwao, best Arts reporter- Kabelo Dipholo, best comedian- Top –Shut, best promoter- MC Poster, best overall artist- MC Maswe, life time achiever- Mc Maswe and best upcoming artist- BBlock.

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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

Keletso Thobega

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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