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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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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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