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Mr. Ideal Botswana 2015 walks for hope

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First Models Management is preparing for the first ever Mister Africa International 2015, to be held in Botswana. This pageant is aimed at developing and empowering men to combat and address social issues like reducing gender inequalities, preventing HIV, ending gender based violence and promoting the health and well being of the society.

The pageant event is themed ‘Eye of the tiger,’ and the finale is billed for the third of December 2015 at Fairgrounds Holdings. First Models’ events Director Kefilwe Mukokomani told the media that Botswana was chosen as host after winning the bid against Ghana. “We as First Models Management won the bid to host this great event in Africa for the first time after three seasons in Belgium,” she said.

Mukokomani said that they have been endorsed by Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) and HATAB as a ‘credible and meaningful pageant.’ Among the attributes that lead to Botswana being the host country are ‘it is a democratic country of peace and stability, it is safe and its diamonds have never been associated with war’. The Botswana representative, Mister Ideal Botswana 2015, Joseph Wellio, who was recently crowned, states that he is working hard to keep the crown in Botswana He pleaded with Batswana to help him overcome the social issues affecting the country.

“My main concern at the moment is the water crisis issue. I wish to raise awareness and encourage the society to preserve the little drop that they get once in a while,” he said. Wellio – who hails from the tourist resort town of Maun that boasts the ever-flowing Thamalakane River – admits that the entire country is hit by water crisis. He will go on a walk for hope to inform and educate different communities on water conversation, gender and equality issues. He is also encouraging the youth to consider sports in order to adopt healthy lifestyles.

“I am a sports fanatic and believe that through utilising sports opportunities, young men could avoid finding themselves in issues like gender based violence”.
Mukokomani requests the society to assist them through sponsorship to enable them to accomplish their mission.

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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