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ATI steals limelight at BOMU awards

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The long awaited BOMU Music Awards thrilled at GICC this past Saturday.

The legendary ATI proved that he was this year’s favourite artist as he scooped six awards. The audience was filled with gratitude when the energetic young artist was labelled the fairest of them all. Thus, he has identified this year’ song of the year as the much adored Khiring Khorong. His other awards include: Best single, Best collaboration, Best Hip Hop artist and the Best male artist. Like he has promised before that he would donate one of his awards to the national museum if he happens to win any award, he has donated his Hip Hop award to the museum. He said the motive behind this move was to “give the upcoming artists some motivation of the music industry in the future.” Mokolodi hitmaker Charma Gal walked away with the Best Female artist gong.

The show was a spectacular one in terms of fashion as the audience looked stunning in their lovely outfits. The sound quality was also far much better this time around compared to the past years. Figos from Black Money Makers also gave a stellar performance and the main man ATI also shone with his electric dance moves when he performed the song of the year.

For the new addition on the awards, Clap n Tap music was also welcomed in an enthralling manner as the audience stood on its feet to praise the choirs that presented. The winner for this category was Maatla a Roma. The best Traditional Gospel award went to Obakeng while Ounah walked away winner of the Best Gospel music category. DJ Bino won the best house album. He expressed his gratitude. “It was my first time getting an award and I appreciate BOMU for the good spirit of motivating the artists.”

Kabelo Tiro aka Skavenja who has been off the music scenes for about seven years returned with a bang, as he won the Best Packaged album and Best Afro pop artist awards. The Best Producer award went to Reuben of Rhuu’s music and BK Proctor walked away with the Best Music Video award winner. The ‘we must Praise choir’ won the Best New comer award and they pleaded with Batswana to support them.

The show proved to be a stellar one as even the international visitors from Lesotho urged Batswana to support their own music, stating that it is brilliant. ATI even got an invite as they said one of the local artists is supposed to perform in Lesotho soon.

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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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