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Low turnout almost ruins My Star Challenge auditions

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Auditions for this year’s best of the best My Star challenge were held on Saturday at the BTV auditorium to select contestants for the competition slated for February.

This time around, the competition will be amongst previous seasons’ contestants who had qualified but did not win the ultimate prize. Although the number of people who made the auditions was quite low, owner and one of the judges of the show, Keabetswe ‘Master Dee’ Sesinyi said they have attained the 20 contestants they had wanted for the competition.

He attributed the low numbers to the fact that some of the previous contestants backed out of the competition in anticipation of who would be taking part in the competition.

He further explained that although bringing some of the previous seasons’ contestants ensured a very intense competition, the downside was the possibility of some people not participating for fear of tough competition. Master Dee revealed that the plan is to go around the country with those who have qualified to get citizens to know them before the start of the show in February.

One of the contestants, Wendy Lebudi said she was quite excited to be back in the show and hopes that this time around she would take the prize home. She did however admit that the competition would be a tough one. She voiced out her disappointment at the low turnout for the auditions and said the competition could have served as a reunion of contestants from the previous seasons.

Another contestant ‘Star’ sang the popular song, nomvula. Displaying a confidence only borne from the knowledge that he knows what he’s doing, he was quite comfortable on the stage. Star who was disqualified from his season’s competition said he’d come back to answer a call from his fans as he’d felt that his early departure from the show had robbed him of showing them his full capabilities as an artist.

One of the judges Kgomotso Tshwenyego commented that the contestants displayed a confidence on stage which showed that “ba sure ka story sa bone” and she loved that.

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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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