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Reunited Culture Spears to rock GC…Charma Gal to be part of the traditional outfit

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The leader of international acclaimed local traditional group Culture Spears Kabelo Mogwe says that the once-popular group has finally reunited and will go on tour soon. The group, which had bragging rights in Southern Africa split some years back following the divorce of its lead singer Mogwe and Magdeline ‘Charma Gal’ Lesolebe, which pained most of their fans as they believed that they were a match made in heaven.

As if that was not enough, funny man Ramuzara also quit the group to focus on his solo career. He has since retraced his footsteps back to the group. The other member who was also a vital member, Selonyana, was the first one to dump the group and the first one to resurface at the group last year for its impeding reunion.

Speaking to Vibe recently, an excited Mogwe revealed that during the past Christmas festivities, he toured with the other members except for Charma Gal who was not available due to some commitments. “I can confidently declare that finally Charma Gal will reunite with the group on the 2nd of March 2018 at Thebephatswa where revelers will be taken back into time. On the 9th of March, 2018, Culture Spears will rock Glen Valley BDF camp,” he said.

In the past years, Kabelo has refused to replace the departed members as he strongly believed that there were still members of Culture Spears who were mere exercising their democratic rights to go solo like it has always been the case with other prominent groups. When contacted in the past, the other members has revealed to VIBE that they were prepared to reunite at Culture Spears only if they can be managed by a board as they strongly believe that they are the cream of the local music industry.

Moreover, Charma Gal, Ramuzara, Kulenyane and Selonyana will remain solo artists but will only come together for the main group of Culture Spears. The group has toured countries including France, South Africa and Lesotho among others in the past. The group will be best remembered for their hits Khudu, Kueletsana and Kulenyane among many others.

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BOSJE elevates jazz education in Botswana

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CHANGING LIVES: Music has the power to empower youth.

The Botswana Society of Jazz Education (BOSJE) will host the 9th annual International Jazz Day for the 3rd time this year at the Maitisong theatre. According to the founding chairperson Akhutlheng Mogami, the society was formed to create a platform for jazz musicians and aspiring jazz musicians to grow and share ideas and even have their work documented.

“As a society, we have realized a need for jazz education. There is also no documentation about jazz in Botswana, which makes it difficult for both the teachers and students when it comes to teaching and learning about jazz as there is no local content to refer to. It is also for purposes of funding applications to run workshops and host festivals and exchange programs that we needed to have a legally registered nonprofit making entity as this one,” she said.

BOSJE was officially registered on the 31st of August 2015 with the registrar of societies and some its objectives include to ensure the growth of Jazz in Botswana and development of jazz education; to build jazz community by advancing education and research; to document, preserve and archive our Botswana jazz heritage; to promote skills development and performance through jazz camps, exchange programs and jazz shows and festivals, and to also develop new audiences.

In January 2017 the society formed a youth jazz big band (Big Bands). Mogami noted that they managed to bring together young people from all walks of life to teach them about jazz and how to play jazz. Since then, the band has been growing substantially both musically and professionally. She noted that The Big Bands in Botswana project which aims to put together jazz bands in schools and communities all over the country. “The project brings together young people and teaches them to play music in an ensemble set up.

The project commenced on the 15th of February 2019 with the primary objective of this project is to bring positive social change through music. Children who are involved in this music program receive a music education, which we believe will lead them to improved overall academic success. The children will also learn the essential skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

In addition to that, these children will also have a platform to exercise their creativity, and all this will in turn grow their confidence.” The band has graced the Masire foundation annual gala dinner, International Jazz Day, Annual De Beers sight holders Dinner, and Gaborone toastmasters among others.

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Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego drop love sin gle

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NEW OFFERING: Benson & Diva Vebrok’s listening session rocked

Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego recently released their joint single titled Ha o ka leba. The two launched the song at a listening session at Greenberry Gardens. Music artists including Nono, Franco and promoters PP and Gloria Dzwikiti as well as other industry role players flocked the venue to listen to what the two have to offer and they were not disappointed.

The single is good quality – from the melody, lyrics, rthyme and production. The divine diva Diva Vebrok adds a golden touch with her smooth voice while the bold and eloquent Phutego’s voice complements hers as he breaks out into poetry.

Director of ceremony at the listening session Berry Heart also kept the crowd galvanised throughout the night with her energetic spirit. President of Music Promotions Zenzele Hirschfield expressed appreciation for the support rendered to the two and highlighted that it is important for artists to support one another. “I am honoured to see that that many people in the local music industry have come out to support their fellow artists.

This means a lot and we really need to unite as artists all the time,” she said. She sang praises for Diva Vebrok who she said was passionate and hard working. “She is more than just an artist but also an influencer and entrepreneur. She is one of the women in the music industry who work hard and never give up on their craft,” she said.

Phutego impressed the crowd with his words of wisdom as he appreciated being featured by Ve brok on the single. “It was great working with her as she is passionate and hard working. Women are the pillars of society and as such they should be respected. I have no regrets about this project because I am confident that we produced a great love song.”

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