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It all started off as a fun event among women who loved to relax together and enjoy each other’s company at Millennium Jazz restaurant.

But now Miss Millennium has grown into a charitable event impacting the lives of many in the society. Fondly called ‘Miss M’ by the precious crown holders, the beauty pageant is now in its 9th year and has provided a platform for women who had the desire to make a difference in the lives of some impoverished families in and out of Gaborone.

The previous crown holders of the pageant who happily embrace the cliché life begins at 40 say the pageant is a way of showing how a woman even after 40years can still embrace her femininity.

‘Yes, we are old but not cold,’ the majority of them kept saying at a press conference called to unveil plans for this year’s pageant. The coordinator of the pageant Zenzele Hirschfeld of Zen Promotions could not emphasise enough the importance of having a woman of substance as a reigning queen.

She revealed that in order to prepare this year’s winner for her reign, a motivational dialogue will be held in the afternoon of 6th February at Millenium Jazz restaurant. It will feature the likes of former Miss Botswana, Juby Peacock amongst others. It’ll be a high tea with participants adorned in white as it’ll be an all-white affair.

The 7th will see the introduction of contestants who will be taking part in this year’s event as well as the unveiling of this year’s sponsor for the pageant. Reigning queen, Sandra Ramanteba says she won’t abandon her desire to see drugs off the streets of the city even though her reign is coming to an end.

She will continue working with the police and helping in any way she can to fight this scourge of drugs off the streets. Her desire is for the country to invest in another rehabilitation centre to augment the Lobatse-based Sbrana Psychiatric Hospital.

The pageant will take place on the 13th of February as opposed to the normal 14th. This is because in this year’s competition, there are contestants coming from other places outside of Gaborone.

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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