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ATI wins big at lit YAMAs

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 The 4th annual Yarona Music Awards (YAMAs) held at GICC this past weekend were a glitzy and lit affair. It was packed to the rafters and revelers arrived dressed to the nines. In a brief welcome address, Yarona FM station manager Kelly Ramputswa noted that the awards were meant to celebrate and encourage home-grown talent. She said they recognised the immense talent in Botswana and remained committed to helping to nurture and cultivate it. “Our music has grown in leaps and bounds and our station continues to give local artists the platform to showcase their talent.

We are impressed with the level of talent the country has,” she said in part. The whole production was well coordinated: from the lighting, sound to background music. There was a red door on stage with an ‘18’ sign that represents the number of years the radio station has been in existence. The hosts for the evening, Yarona FM presenters, Bonnie P and Ross held down their own. The pretty and gregarious Ross that plump and sexy can go together, rocking a leather ensemble with a midriff baring crop top and see-through skirt.

HanC was a usual ball of energy when he performed Se ileng. Jujuboy also gave a bewitching performance that had revelers eating from the palm of his hand. Kwaito duo T.H.A.B.O and Mapetla gave an upbeat act that had fans bopping along. Speaking in an interview on the sidelines, Mapetla said he was working on a new offering. T.H.A.B.O hinted that he would possibly “retire” soon. “I am working on a few collaborations and will be dropping a new album later this year but I get the feeling that this would be my last album,” he said, adding that he wanted to focus on radio, business and spending more time with loved ones. Amantle Brown, who appeared mellow, and was dressed in a stunning red and blue frock, performed her latest single, Sa Pelo. Her beautiful rich voice reverberated across the hall; like fine wine, she gets better with time.

Motswako rapper HHP performed his new single ‘Ke a jelwa’ and got revellers excited with his energetic dance moves. Khuli Chana took the mood a notch up when he bounced onto the stage dressed in a yellow tracksuit. ‘Tswa daa’ really got his fans on their feet. But it was Bouncy who stole the limelight when she took to the stage to perform her latest single, serope mperekela. She twirled, twerked and gyrated on stage, dressed in a top and g-string ensemble. Her sexy body did justice to the outfit as she pranced about seductively.

Her buttocks were on full display and revelers in the crowd gasped and cheered when she flashed and wiggled them. ATI, who was the biggest winner at the awards, closed the night with the performance of Khiring khorong, together with Yung Amazing and Legacy DG, and almost everyone stood up to dance and sing along. The evening ended with an electric after-party held in the hallway where everyone mingled, took pictures and danced the night away.

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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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