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Miss Botswana in China for 65th Miss World finals

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The most beautiful women of the world are converging in Sanya, China for the 65th edition of the Miss World beauty pageant.
The finals will take place on December 19th at the Crown of Beauty Theatre. The reigning queen, Rolene Strauss of South Africa who enjoyed a successful reign since being crowned the winner in London last year, will crown her successor.

One hundred delegates have been confirmed for this year’s pageant and most of the beauty queens departed for China over the past week. In the coming weeks, the aspiring queens alongside Botswana’s very own Seneo Bambino Mabengano will go all out to wow and woo the judges in a bid to secure an impressive spot that might edge them closer to winning the ultimate crown.

The 19 year-old left for China on Friday, and from the minute that she lands in the host country, all her movements and everything that she does will be watched with a hawk’s eye by chaperones and those tasked with seeing to who eventually wins the crown. Mabengano hails from Mmadinare and in a recent press release, she spoke about how being crowned Miss Botswana has changed her life. “It is surreal that I was chosen the fairest of them all and I continue to be thankful for the opportunity to represent my country,” she said in the release.

The beauty queen is a student of Professional Design at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. She is looking forward to meeting other beauty queens and making her mark in the competition. She has also embarked on numerous activities in preparation for the Miss World pageant.  “I have made it, my mission is on to help the less privileged kids around Botswana by assisting various organisations to raise awareness and collection of amenities for them. This includes collection of food hampers and clothing for children at Princess Marina Hospital who may need this kind of assistance,” she said.

“This is a project I have been working on since the start of the Miss Botswana journey and will be presenting it at Miss World. I intend to continue with the project long after the competition is over and trust that the ever so kind people of Botswana will continue to support my endeavours,” she added.

She promised to do her “very best” to be counted amongst the worthy beauties to wear the Miss World crown. “I know and believe that with your prayers all is possible. As a proud Motswana I will be sharing the beauty and warmth of my country with all those I will meet in China,” said Mabengano.

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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

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omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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