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Pastor Sovi withdraws 10k sponsorship of BOMU gospel category

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Prophet Isaiah Brian Sovi who was kicked out of Botswana in October last year left Botswana Music Union (BOMU) with egg on their face when he revoked his sponsorship for the best gospel category award. The ‘man of God’ who is reportedly a millionaire, who owns IBS Consortium that has stakes in forex trading, fashion, real estate and freight, had made a pledge for P10, 000 in the best gospel category of the BOMU awards. Ouna was the category winner.

However, the situation changed after the ‘prophet’, Sovi was hastily bundled out of the country the following day after being investigated by immigration officials over suspicions of irregular financial transactions and inappropriately operating his church, Imperial City Church.
In December, BOMU released a statement to the effect that they were still talks with Sovi. It read in part: “

While he was in the process of redeeming the sponsorship, Sovi was asked to leave Botswana. This being the case, BOMU has not received the cash sponsorship and he cannot send it pending a few issues. We have been in communication with him and he has promised that once everything is sorted out he will bring forth the sponsorship.”
However, through his spokesperson Bridget Sebina recently released a statement this week that addresses BOMU and the Botswana arts industry. It reads in part: “The IBS Consortium chairman Sovi had pledged to sponsor the Gospel category and not a particular individual as now evidenced by the public outcry because of an individual who claims to be owed by the Consortium.” It further says: “The day after the awards, our chairman Brian Sovi had a meeting with Botswana government officials who indicated that they were investigating his use of funds and expressed a desire for him to exit Botswana.

The meeting and the subsequent outcomes were implemented before any transactions could be made between BOMU and IBS Consortium. The chairman therefore is not at liberty to conduct financial transactions within the borders of Botswana until the investigations by the officials of that country are finished. Realising that the process make take an infinite period IBS has taken a decision to withdraw the sponsorship.”

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, BOMU president Pagson Ntsie said all the other sponsored categories winners had received their prize monies and they had accepted Sovi’s decision. “He had said that he would get back to us. He wasn’t dodging or running away. He was actually in the country last week to liaise with government officials.” Ntsie noted that the BOMU disciplinary committee would take action against gospel singer Ouna, who took to social media to express disgruntlement over not receiving the amount she was expecting inciting a storm over the matter.

“At BOMU we are trying by all means to attract sponsors and the behaviour of artistes is important so we will take action against anyone who brings the organisation into disrepute,” he said. The BOMU president also shared that they were working with the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) on a project to be launched next month. “We are talking about a multi-million Pula worth labour body here and to have attracted them shows that we are doing something right. He said it was important for local artistes to clean up their image if they wanted to attract reputable sponsors and stakeholders for partnerships. He said that they would crack the whip on artistes whose behaviour is out of order. “Local artistes should realise that the way they carry themselves can make or break their music careers. They need to strive to create a positive public image in order to be taken seriously. We also want to clean up our image so we are going back to the times of shutting out artistes who do not behave themselves,” he said.

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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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