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Multi-talented Lorraine drops debut single

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Lorraine Ditsebe is not a new name in the entertainment circles, she is better known as a model but she one multi-talented lass, who has dropped her first single, You Are The One.

The R&B House song has rich content complemented by her equally moving voice. Ditsebe wrote the song herself and explains that it is a dedication to those who are in love, those who are not confident enough to express their love to their partners and even those who don’t believe in love. “It is a love song dedicated to embrace love and revive confidence in love,” she adds. Ditsebe further explains that the song was inspired by love in general.

“There has always been cases of Domestic Violence in homes, HIV/AIDS stigma, divorce cases as well as those people who always vibe in friend zones to keep worthless friendships. “A lot just happens in the name of love, therefore I decided to narrate this story of love through song.” Ditsebe has had the passion for music since primary school and enjoyed singing in the school choir. She would later join the school band at St Joseph College School where she gained more confidence in music. The 25 year-old says that she started writing songs two year ago. She also highlights that she always got inspiration at home as her family treasures music. The young lady is actually a sister to the gospel artiste, Kabelo Eric. Locally artistes like have inspired her include ATI and Samantha Mogwe, while Lira is her favourite international artiste.

‘You are the One’ was produced by Roy Kasale popularly known as RoyK from Team Distant, while Tshepo Lesole who recorded and mastered it at High Note Studio. The single is already enjoying airplay on local radio stations. Ditsebe says she will drop the video to the single in November and is also working on her first album. She adds that she wants to spread the single as much as possible. “I will share link to the song on my social media pages soon and a few hard copies will be available at music stores in Main Mall.”

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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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