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Mathews Matsete to launch new album with flair

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Gospel crooner Mathews Matsetse recently held a press briefing at Chez Nicholas to share details about the launch of his sixth album launch and live recording, to be held at SKY Lounge, iTowers, CBD on the 2nd December. The talented singer, whose career in gospel marks 25 years in 2018, says that he is reinventing and breathing new life into his music and brand. Matsetse, who is a songwriter of note, is also known as the maverick behind the song Lion of Judah, which is acclaimed across southern Africa. The gospel singer, who hails from Mochudi, started in music in 1993 and feels that it is now time for him to seize new heights. “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had in my music career and have reached a space where I am shedding old skin and showing off the new Mathews Matsetse.” He also said that live recording is not only the new trend but is also exciting and allows the artist to engage the crowd. With regard to the venue, which is known to be a secular entertainment venue, he explained that they wanted a high-end and glamorous place.

“We wanted an exclusive, intimate and prestigious venue that reflects where we are going. This venue will appeal to revellers, some of who might have heard about it but had not been here,” he said. Matsetse further said that several guests from the local music industry and across borders would be present. He mentioned among others, Thabang Mnizi who produced for Dr Tumi and also a popular music promoter, MC Amau, JD Crossen who is an artist and also works at Rainbow FM, Justice Mokwena of Thetha FM. DJ Kels, Johnson Pheto and Hendrick Monyeki are also expected to grace the event. Matsetse noted that he also wants to work with young people. “I have roped in a new group called Glorious Cloud, who are already doing well in the market. I will also feature Tsholo Acts and Helen M. I am open to collaborations. Engaging young people will allow me to be relevant and also pass on my influence and experience to them,” he said. Matsetse noted that he is now ready to take his music across borders. He has however promised that he has not gone too far away from the church sound that he is associated with. “Obviously there are a few changes but the original sound that many have come to associate with me still lingers,” he said. The 13-track album boasts songs such as Ga ke lwala wa nthorisa and Wena Jesu among others. To have your ticket delivered at your door call 72 93 26 17.

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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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