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Motlha on the stardom rise

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Motlha Mompe, who goes by the stage name Motlha, is fresh in the music circles but he already bears a stardom position, according to his fans.

His new banger single track MmaMotse is already receiving lots of airplay. The 24-year old artiste believes in hard work, and he says that believing in himself got him to be where he is now. Music lovers have also received the video to MmaMotse, dropped recently, warmly.

The video is currently playing with Btv, after it was first played on Flavour Dome and Pula Power. It is also playing internationally through online platform. Says Motlha: “The feedback is positive as everyone talks about it on Facebook.” The renowned and international videographer, Kyle White, who has worked with the likes of Kanye West and AKA, captured the video. The brilliant video proudly narrates the Setswana traditional dance rhythms in style, and the way it is contented makes one to linger for more.

In an interview with Vibe, the Afro Jazz and R&B singer states that he adores his mother language, Setswana, which inspires him to express himself musically. He also shares that he has an upcoming 10-tracked album, which would be released next month. “The album is a full package. It has been published by Open Mic Productions, one of the biggest record labels in South Africa.

The album features several artists from South Africa including Soul Kulture, Zanda Zakuda and Master Kg,” he says. Motlha believes in collaborations and he says that they keep artistes together and also make them to strive to do better. He says that he has a song with the acclaimed ATI. He actually stunned the audience at the Maun Rocks event recently when he performed alongside the legendary rapper. He is also a songwriter and says that he often writes a song based on what is happening around the society.

His upcoming album like the famous MmaMotse was also recorded at Roc Lefatshe Records by Suffocate. The energetic Motlha says that he would like to have a hand in taking the Botswana music industry to the next level despite the fact that he is just a newbie to the industry. “I am all about passion and perfection. I believe in my talent and I am confident that it will take me places,” he says. Motlha will take Pretoria by storm soon where he is lined up for a performance.

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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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