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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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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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