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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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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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