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New Kid on the block in Hip-hop brings refreshing sound

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Kgotla Pitinyane also known as Proficient 6ix, is the new kid in Hip-Hop genre music and he promises to elevate the genre as he releases his eight-track mix tape soon. The confident 23-year old Proficient 6ix says that his mix tape, dubbed ‘Nude’; would be released on the 29th November. He told Vibe that he started rapping from the age of 10 and that the music that his elder brother always played influenced him.

“My brother played hip-hop music while I was growing up and I got along with it so well. I liked Eminem in particular and my target is to be a renowned artist just like him,” he said. The Jwaneng born and bred young artist explained that his main title track, ‘Nude’ is all about the naked truth and in this song he speaks to God.

“It is a letter that I have written to God telling him that I have dropped everything in his hands because he has promised to care for us in every way. I call it a song of glory, as I will be touring and exploring music depending on God. It is my Glory Days and I am just saying anything that is in my mind to God, hence Nude,” he said. He also said that among all other artists, Samantha Mogwe inspired him with her elegant work. Proficient 6ix says that he acknowledges the fact that Hip-hop is growing in Botswana and aims at improving it further.

“Hip-hop is beautifully growing locally but still needs to grow therefore Hip-hop lovers should just expect what has never been done in the industry,” he said. He also noted that artists like Oracle, Ammo Ski Mask and Civil Night inspired him and he believes they are a foundation of hip-hop in Botswana. He highlighted that he has featured BC group in his new mix tape. He added that his music can be downloaded on Facebook, Sound Cloud and You Tube and his user name is Proficient 6ix. He is not only an artist but also has a clothing line called Incognito through which he brands t-shirts.

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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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