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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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Making outstanding art through waste material

Keletso Thobega

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Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame

Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.

One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.

Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.

He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”

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BOMU awards go on…

Keletso Thobega

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The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.

The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.

He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.

We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”

Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.

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