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Guyvos, the whistling DeeJay

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In the cutthroat entertainment industry that boasts big-headed people, it’s always refreshing to meet a down to earth and humble person like McGyver Serero popularly known as DJ Guyvos.

Guyvos has become renowned for gracing our screens on the local music show, Flava Dome. And from some of the dance moves he often pulls in the studio, it’s easy to imagine what he’s capable of in a party setting.

Dancing has been a part of his life from as young as six years. He remembers attending the consumer fair, then known only as the agricultural ‘show’ and answering to a request by the BDF band for a volunteer to dance on stage.

Although he had not practised, he danced his heart out when he got on that stage. So good was he that he was called again to dance during the remaining days of the fair and the next year. That was his introduction to the performing arts.

Between 2005 and 2006 he was a backup dancer for the group Exodus, then in 2008 for DJ LaTimmy. It was La Timmy who saw Guyvos potential to become a DJ and he took him under his wing to teach him deejaying. 

This was in 2012 and he fell in love with it.This young man’s energies, whether he is on Flavadome, party or a club can’t be helped but noticed. Blowing a whistle whilst he is on the decks has become his trademark. He explains that when he is playing and doesn’t have it, people often ask him about and it why he doesn’t have it. “Go letsa phala ke tsela e nngwe ya go oketsa monate wa pina fa ke letsa,” he adds.

He says people often make the mistake of assuming his energies are influence by substances but that is not the case. He is of sober habits: no drinking, no smoking, no doing drugs.

It is his love for music that makes him look like he is going wild when he is on stage.In 2015 his song -pina ena – in which he features Rose, received massive airplay from local radio stations and more than 8000 downloads which is something that humbled him.

In 2016 he plans on releasing another major hit at the end of April. He also wants to learn more about the production side of music.He cautions other upcoming artists against working alone and not asking for help when they need it because no man is an island. He says everybody needs a little help here and there.

It is when an artist doesn’t ask for help that he/she ends up doing a sloppy job.

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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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