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ATI wins big at YAMAs, Bouncy’s butt steals the show

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Local music songstress Bouncy had the YaronaFM Music Awards (YAMAs) in overdrive with a sensational performance that had the ecstatic crowd eating from her bare behinds at the GICC on Saturday night. It was actually her fully exposed butt that literally stole the limelight at the glitzy show, leaving revellers at the 4th annual awards event gasping, panting and cheering for more of her scintilating performance. The bold beauty took to the stage almost half naked to perform her latest song ‘Serope mperekela’ dressed in a very short black top and what looked like a g-string beneath. She gyrated, twirled and  twerked on stage, showing off her buttocks to the crowd. Other notable performances were by Juju boy, Amantle Brown as well as South Africans Khuli Chana  and HHP. The biggest winner of the night, ATI, closed the show with a performance of his hit ‘Khiring Khorong,’ which won the Song of the Year award. Other winners include: Best newcomer-YauBannerma; Best female-Bouncy; Best male-Han C; Social media award-Mdu The Party; Hall of fame award-Tribal Monks, among others.

THE WINNERS

-Best Newcomer: Yaw Bannerman

-Best Hip Hop DJ: Tumie Black Ace

-Best Dance DJ: NT Base

-Best Social Media:Mdu Tha Party

-Best Collabo: Veezo / Yaw Bannerman-Zaka

-Best Hip Hop / Motswako: A.T.I. / Young Amazing / Legacy DG: Khiring Khiring Khorong

-Producer Of The Year: Bangu

-Best Single Male: A.T.I. / Young Amazing / Legacy DG: Khiring Khiring Khorong

-Best Single Female(Sponsored by FNB): Bouncy / Perion–Side1

-Best Kwaito Single: MMP Family–Kwela Kwela

-Best Single Dance: Zo Harvey & Raul Bryan / Lunar–Silly Tricky Boy

-Best Single R&B: Bouncy / Perion–Side1

-RECIPIENT- Hall Of Fame: Tribal Monks

-People’s Choice / Artist Of The Year(Sponsored by FNB x Grand Palm x BK Proctor): Han-C

-Song Of The Year: A.T.I. / Young Amazing / Legacy DG(Sponsored by FNB x Botswana Tourism): Khiring Khiring Khorong

 

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Three vie for Miss Botswana 2018 crown

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A press release from the organisers states that general public public voting through sms line from 10am Tuesday 18 September – 10 am Friday 21 September 2018 (25%). Apparently creative Industry and Past Miss Botswana Queens Representatives at the boot camp (25%), Panel of judges at the event (25%) and attendants at the event through an app (25%).

The organisers stated through a press release that Miss Botswana rebranding, relaunching, crowning night will strictly by invitation and corporate hosting, adding that very limited tickets at P1500 will still be available from countrywide webticket offices.

The pageant will apparently be broadcast on television. Development Advance Institute (DAI), represented by Benjamin Raletsatsi, was subcontracted the license to Miss Botswana 2018 by Botswana Council of Women (BCW), the License Holders for Miss Botswana. DAI presented to BCW a five year plan to restructure BCW and Miss Botswana brands. In terms of Miss Botswana this was necessary to salvage our National Beauty Pageant, which has produced Mpule Kwelagobe (1998 Miss Universe winner) and Emma Warius (1st runner up to 2010 Miss World).

The organisers acknowledged that the pageant has been marred in controversy and noted that their mission is to rebrand and regain trust with all stakeholders and the general public.

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Excitement mounts ahead of inaugural Gabs Book Festival

Keletso Thobega

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It is all systems go for the inaugural Gaborone Book Festival (GBF), which will be held from the 21-22 September 2018 at Maitisong. The two-day book festival will feature panels, talks, readings, conversations, book chats, book launches and book sales all headlined by the featured local and guest authors.

The opening night on Friday evening will feature authors Michael Dingake, Margaret Daymond, Brigitta Zwani and Nsungululi Mbo. Dingake will focus on his biography and there will be readings of selected Bessie Head letters and interpretation by author Daymond. There will also be an authors meet and greet as well as book sales.

The organisers, GBF Trust states that confirmed featured authors are Lauri Kubuitsile, Michael Dingake, Andrew Sesinyi, Ednah Rosen, Modirwa Kekwaletswe, Donald Molosi, Brigitta Zwani, Tomeletso Sereetsi, Thalefang Charles, Monirul Bhuiyan, Nelson Letshwene,  Kgomotso Jongman and Bongani Malunga. From across the continent, the confirmed authors are Lola Shoneyin, Margaret Daymond, Zukiswa Wanner,Victor Kgomoeswana, Esinako Ndabeni, Sihle Mthembu, Niq Mhlongo as well as publisher, Thabiso Mahlape. The organisers say that they wanted to feature authors whose books cover a wide range of themes and topics. The 22 September, which is the main festival day, will kickstart with a writers’ seminar involving all those in the book ecosystem. The seminar will cover issues of marketing and publishing.

According to one of the organisers, Kenanao Phele, an exciting programme will follow this for all, filled with panel discussions, conversations, inspirational book chats, readings and book sales amongst others.

“With the diversity and experience of the authors, the festival touch on varied, in depth topics highlighted by featured authors including culture, music, fiction, travelogues, memoirs, politics, mental health, culinary and cuisine. Furthermore, the festival will also have a fun and exciting space for 100 students from government primary schools, a section made possible by the Orange Foundation,” she says.

She further says that since the beginning of this year, the GBF Trust has been involved in a number of book related activities to get readers in the city and beyond ready for the festival. On the criteria for selecting the authors, she says that the Trust was looking for authors who have been part of GBF platforms in 2018, who have written on important topics/themes that are conversation sparkers, books that have made a mark in Botswana, across the continent, beyond and are some award winning. “Some of our guest authors are celebrated or award winning.

We would also like to feature similar local authors on our platforms to introduce them to more and new readers as well as show them the possibilities that exist for them in the continent and beyond as they interact with the guest authors and publishers.”

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