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Botswana content producers exhibition on Friday

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Scores of content producers will showcase their work on Friday at the inaugural Botswana Content Producers exhibition. The first of its kind event will be held at Gaborone Main Mall from 8am until 6pm and entrance is free. The one-day exhibition, organised by The Botswana Opportunity, in conjunction with BOFINET, Botswana Tourism, CC Kgolagano and CC Think, will attract leading production houses, industry captains, TV channels, Pay TV operators, mobile platforms, regulatory bodies, as well as media influencers, buyers and sellers of content.

According to the organisers, the platform will give all the role players recognition and accord them a platform to trade their work in the local and international content markets. Speaking at a press conference held this past Thursday, promoter Gilbert ‘PP’ Seagile noted that it was high time that the film industry, which he said had long been neglected, grows in leaps and bounds. A reputable promoter who doesn’t limit his scope of interest, Seagile said Botswana had gifted and qualified individuals who could develop a vibrant film industry. Cassim Kowa of CC Think said that for a long time now, foreigners had come to Botswana to make money and left the indigenous locals broke.

He cited The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency movie, which was shot in Botswana. “The lead actors were foreigners. Our locals were engaged as extras or small-scale suppliers. Our people were closed out. Foreigners came here to make money off us,” he said. Kowa pointed out that it was possible for locals to use their own resources to market the country. “For example, Nomina, who is a Motswana based in Germany, released a great song, Don’t Cry Africa, with brilliant video for it. If you saw the video, you would not believe that the scenery was shot in Mogobane village,” he said. Kowa noted that it was the prerogative of Batswana to take themselves and the industry seriously, and strive to be active role players in the craft.

“Some foreigners partner with locals treat them to extravagant dinners and drinks, and that is all the reward for their ideas and input.” In his remarks, Benjamin Raletsatsi of CCL Kgolagano, who is also active in the local film industry, explained that the film industry had to be resurrected, emphasising that Botswana had a great pool of talent to create some of the best content globally. Another speaker was Reverend Botswelelo Tsekane, who is a scriptwriter, producer and director. He said the film industry was riddled by many challenges but he was confident that with the team now in place, things would get better. The former Botswana Film Association director noted that it was important to emphasise that film was not limited to acting but the whole scope of work of putting together a production. He also emphasised that it was important for Batswana to learn to be united. “There is space for everyone to shine. We should uplift each other because that way, we all benefit and succeed.”

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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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