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The German Twins’ Tropical getaway

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Mombasa, a well known tropical paradise of white sandy beaches recently became a retreat for The German Twins – Mavis and Lydia – as they embraced Kenya’s second largest city through a mini holiday.

The Twins social media feeds got highlighted with a couple of shots that suggested the duo was up to something other than their well known gig on Botswana Television’s ‘Pula Power’ programme. A thorough exploration by this publication revealed that the pair was indeed soaked up in adventurous spirits which were enough to whisk them away to experience the tropical sunsets and exquisite sights of the city for a period of five nights.

From the shots, the twins appeared to be having a good time as they snapped a number of selfies either sunbathing or drinking cocktails under the sunset. Lydia German posted one of the photos to her Instagram followers with the caption, “Mombasa, Fun in the Sun, Twin goals.”

Mombasa is known for its relaxed pace of life and it is no surprise that the Germans sampled the good life at the gorgeous location. The twins stayed at The Leopard Beach Resort situated on Kenya’s South coast. The two have had an incredibly busy 2015.

Between their television gig at Pula Power and their commitment to school and other projects which included doing MC work at various concerts across the country, letting loose was only inevitable. The 22 year old duo looked beach body ready as they were draped in their bikinis, looking flawless and not resting on their style laurels even though they were officially not on duty.

Catching up with Mavis German she revealed that indeed they just got back from a holiday in Mombasa which she simply described as “Amaaazing!”  “We were there for a week and it was refreshing to take a break from everything,” she said.

Pula Power has gone for a brief break and Mavis says the second season of the entertainment show will return to our television screens end of February, with much broader and better content. Meanwhile she has a full time job as an Accountant while her twin sister Lydia recently graduated and she is taking a little breather.

The twins’ authenticity and talent have become their crowning glory. Their mark in the local entertainment industry is well visible and it is without qualms that they are destined for greater things. We however could not help but get jealous of their adventurous ‘Twincaetion’ in Mombasa as they would describe it.

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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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