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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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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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