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Pastor Sovi withdraws 10k sponsorship of BOMU gospel category



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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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

Irene Shone



omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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