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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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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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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

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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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