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Cutting edge 7D film viewing now here

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Mind-blowing, that’s how local entertainment company Hospitium 7D (Pty) Limited’s Director, Neo Mpofu describes the latest technology in film viewing they are bringing to the country.

They are going to show different films of 8-12 minutes in length in 7D. She says this is a first for Africa as watching films in 7D is done only in Dubai, the United States of America and China. The intention is for the cinema to be operational towards the end of February.

The clips will be shown in a private theatre with a giant screen surround sound, nine seats mounted on motion platform that performs up to 400 movements per second and can mimic top speeds of up to 2G in acceleration, to experience the reality of enabling guests battling zombies, pirates and a range of other adrenaline-packed actions.

She says the name Hospitium is Latin for entertainment. Their aim as a company is to be the leading entertainment hub in Botswana. They also wanted to bring entertainment which would suit people of all ages, young and old alike.

Mpofu explained that South Africa has only up to 5D cinemas and that although they had been benchmarked in South Africa, they took the concept beyond 5D to a 7D cinema as they wanted to bring an upmarket form of entertainment.

“Watching a film on 7D is an experience that cannot be put into words, one feels everything they see,” she says. It is like one is taking part in the film they are watching, she says as it features intense motion, stunning graphics and special effects.

Their hope is that people will enjoy the experience and create a lot of hype around the concept. In this way, they would be able to generate enough revenue to buy more machines to enable them to set them up in different Malls in Gaborone. The hope is that by 2017 they would be able to show full movies, something that isn’t done in most parts of the world.

As for the intermittent power cuts the country is used to, Mpofu reassures that measures have been put in place to mitigate any power disruptions that may happen during the screening of clips.

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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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