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German star lined up for Botswana-Uganda game

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It has always never been an easy decision for many sportsmen to choose between the natural country of birth and decent.

Prior to being named to the Uganda Cranes team, 21 year old left footed winger cum striker, Melvyn Lorenzen faced such a dilemma. Born in London (United Kingdom) to a Ugandan father, Drake Mugisa and German mother, Lorenzen as a person and the father preferred and had a soft spot for the East African land-locked nation, Uganda.

The mother perhaps believed and wished the son could turn out for Germany.”Lorezen Melvyn’s heart has been with Uganda and it is not surprising he has sided with the Pearl of Africa” Milutin ‘Micho’ Serdojevic, Cranes head coach told the media recently.

Lorenzen, a regular visitor to Uganda every June (to the family home in Ntinda and ancestral village in Fort Portal) after the competitive season was set for his first cap with the Uganda Cranes in the friendly that was scheduled for this past weekend against Zimbabwe. Micho noted that the main purpose of summoning a player of Lorenzen’s quality was basically to add competition to the available strikers on the team as well as utilize his experience that comes along playing in one of the top five leagues in the world – Bundesliga.

In case he convinces the technical team during the friendly, who knows Lorenzen will don the famous black-yellow and red stripped jersey in the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Botswana in Francistown on June 4th, 2016.He faces stiff competition from six other forwards named on the team that include Standard Liege’s Farouk Miya, team captain Geofrey Massa, Davis Kasirye (Rayon Sports), Emmanuel Okwi and the home based strikers – Erisa Ssekisambu and Edrisa Lubega.

Full Name: Melvyn Lorenzen
Date of Birth: 26th November 1994
Place of Birth: London, United Kingdom
Joined SV Werder Bremen in 2013 from Holstein Kiel.He made Bundesliga debut against VFB Stuttgart on 5th October 2013.
On 13 December 2014, Lorenzen played his first Bundesliga match as part of the starting lineup and scored in a 3–3 draw against Hannover. On 28 January 2015, Lorenzen sustained an injury to the meniscus of his right knee before undergoing surgery two days later.
Lorenzen had his first appearance of the 2015–2016 season in Werder’s 0–1 home defeat to Bayern Munich on 17 October 2015 before being substituted after 59 minutes.

Youth Career: SP Vgg Putlos (2001-2005), Oldenburger SV (2005-2007), Holsetein Kiel (2007-2013)
Senior Career: Werder Bremen II and Werder Bremen (2013-2016)
Uganda Cranes full Squad summoned for Botswana game:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyanyo (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Ondongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Salim Jamal Magola (El Merriekh, Sudan)
Defenders: Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta, Iraq), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda)

Midfielders: Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids), Moses Oloya (Becamex Binh Duong, Vietnam), Aucho Khalid (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Tonny Mawejje (Thottur, Iceland), William Kizito Luwagga (Feirense, Portugal), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)
Strikers: Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Davis Kasirye (Rayon Sports, Rwanda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda), Geofrey Massa (Bloemfontein Celtics, South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Sondyerske, Denmark), Lorenzen Melvyn (Werder Bremen, Germany) [Kawowo Sports]

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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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