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Lizibo serenades with Show them off

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The month of love, February, seems to be very dear to the heart local Afro pop singer Lizibo.

This is evident with the just released remix single dubbed Show them off, Masunga born Lizibo has been launching his music lately only in February after releasing the popular album Malebeswa in February last year. In an interview with Vibe, Lizibo described the single as a spice that adds undeniable aroma to his hot sizzling album Malebeswa. In the song, Lizibo says that he is truly blessed to enjoy the love he gets from his lover.

The song that is about the importance of love and affection is chanted in a modern Niger like style. Lizibo noted that it is always a beautiful and exciting feeling to be bragged about by your lover. “Fa ole motho o tshwanetse wa ikgantsha ka motho wa gago (It is important to be proud of your significant other and show them off),” he said.

Lizibo further said that the single tries to depict that relationships can still get stronger even when they are in the public domain. “It is the month of love so we must allow relationships to flourish, the people must brag about their lovers because a healthy relationship is lovely to be engaged in,” he said.

Lizibo stated that Show them off, which was recorded at Key Note studios in Gaborone, is also a thank you gift to Batswana. “Since the release of Malebeswa I have been receiving unwavering support from across all corners of the country,” he said. Show them off can be downloaded through Amazon and ITunes.

Kalanga prince dazzles audience at wedding expo 

The Kalanga Prince as crooner Lizibo is also known, had the audience eating off the palm of his hand at the Grand Palm annual wedding expo fashion show held this past weekend. His performance was exceptional and befitting for the event, as he was also dressed for the occasion, clad in a maroon blazer with black jeans and maroon stylish shoes.

His dance moves all stunned people as they cheered him in appreciation. Lizibo highlighted that love is a beautiful thing and therefore encouraged people to always be kind towards one another, especially on this month of love. He also highlighted that people should learn to embrace all the artistes while they are still alive, saying that it is common that most artistes are recognised when they are no more.

He set off the record and performed Kgotla’s Matshidiso in an amazing way. He said that the man’s music is inspirational and he is one of the few that he respects. “Matshidiso is one of the good songs that played back in the days and everybody liked it, so I a performed it to honour Kgotla for this good job,” he said, reiterating that it is pleasant to recognise good work while still in life.

Lizibo, who always adds a twist of humour to his performances, and this occasion, was no different. He had everyone in the audience in stitches when he joked that he wishes to marry a taller woman, in order to ‘balance the ratio length’ of their kids. He said this as a man who played uncle, and selected a tall woman for him as they acted the part on the stage joined him. Lizibo, who has become to be known as a fashionista, closed his set dressed in a white outfit complete with snazzy white shoes.

 

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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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