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Son of the Soil 2016 back into the future



The annual Son of the Soil (SOTS) event billed for end of this month will not only introspect in the country’s 50 years of cultural independence, but also project the next half century.

Publicity and Media Relations Officer for the event organisers, Bana ba Mmala Trust, Pontsho Pusoetsile told Vibe that they look at this as a 50-50 celebrations and introspection.

“We will also be juxtaposing culture at the 2016 event looking at Botswana food from the past 50 years and projecting Botswana food in the next 50 years, the same with song and dance.”The SOTS 2016 event will be hosted under the theme ‘Kwa re go yang – Ke Motswana’ to underpin the importance of culture as a pillar of national development.

“We strongly believe that development must be anchored on a strong national identity. The sub-theme for the 2016 event (“Ke Motswana”) is meant for each Motswana to look at the past 50 years before 2016 and also project forward the next 50 years and take pride in the achievements.”

The main event will be staged on the 30th of this month at Serokolwane Lawns. Pusoetsile explained that activities would start this Friday with a workshop in the build up to the main event.

The workshop dubbed Pitsong Workshop will focus on sharing of various Setswana themes and topics. “It usually covers food culture, homestead culture, tribalculture, musical culture and what can now be considered national level culture. All these topics are usually covered from a historical and futuristic point of view. With the key message being how a Motswana of the future will be easily identifiable among Global Citizens.”

Entry into the Pitsong Workshop is usually free and on invitation only. Target groups are those that organise cultural events and also leading cultural thinkers including cultural opinion makers. On Friday 29th January 2016 there will be a Metswaisong Evening Chillas and on Sunday 31st January a Setswana Sunday Jazz powered by Kgalagadi Jazz Beats.

Metswaisong Evening Chillas encompasses storytelling, traditional dance, traditional song, dithamalakane and light hearted Setswana humour.

At the main event Pusoetsile said there will be traditional cuisine, traditional games, song, dance and evening Setswana themed festival. “We will also have stalls selling various traditional themed items at the event,” he said.

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BOSJE elevates jazz education in Botswana



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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