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Shakespeare o a Tshela



Alastair Hagger, Project Director, Shakespeare o a Tshela / Head of Communications, Maru-a-Pula & Maitisong “Learning is but an adjunct to ourself And where we are our learning likewise is” – Love’s Labours Lost

After ten months of challenging work, we find ourselves just a week away from the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana Showcase Event, during which over 100 Batswana poets, actors and performers will bring Shakespeare’s work to life on the Maitisong stage.

This project now belongs to the performers. As Project Director I have been lucky enough to see their work developing during workshops held by our six theatre practitioners from the UK and South Africa. These workshops are the cauldron of ideas from which magic can and does regularly happen. I have seen music, and humour, and some moments of stunning innovation; in every workshop I saw nothing but total commitment by these young people to learn from the practitioner and use that new knowledge as a springboard for personal interpretation.

It’s also been an unforgettable experience for the practitioners themselves. Lali Dangazele, of ShakeXperience, said: “The ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’ initiative has truly made me realise the universality of Shakespeare’s work. The students we worked with were inspiring – they committed to the work and applied themselves in a way that left me believing that we have a lot to look forward to in this generation.”

UK-based theatre director Gregory Thompson said it was “a privilege and a delight to work with such wonderful people.” “The students were a little nervous to start with, as they were used to reading Shakespeare from their text books in class,” said Ben Spiller, founder of the 1623 Theatre Company. “However, once they realised that they had permission to play and explore ideas from the plays through games, they really entered the spirit of performance and brought the characters vividly to life.”

The Showcase Event, on Wednesday April 13th, 6pm, at Maitisong, will feature performances by students from Maru-a-Pula School, Naledi Senior Secondary School, St Joseph’s College, Kagiso Senior Secondary School, Moeding College, Ledumang Senior Secondary School, the University of Botswana, AFDA, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, and The Company@Maitisong.  Government school students will be performing scenes from ‘Twelfth Night’; the other performers will be presenting selected moments from Shakespeare’s work in dynamic and innovative interpretations. 

We are also delighted to announce that poets Barolong Seboni, Moroka Moreri and Mandisa Mabuthoe, and musician Zeus, will be presenting newly commissioned work written especially for the event. It’s going to be an unforgettable night – Maitisong will be filled with the beautiful human spirit of learning and sharing that Shakespeare so vividly explores in his plays and poetry. Be part of it!

Tickets for the April 13th Showcase event, just P20, are available from and the Maitisong office (397 1809). To find out more about Shakespeare o a Tshela, go to or call Alastair Hagger on 391 2953 ext. 206.

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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

Keletso Thobega



La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi



In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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