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Presidents ‘concert captivates audience

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Members from the Mophato Dance Theatre, Sky Blue Dance hHub and Sereetsi and the Natives came together to display creativity through their different arts to give the audience an unforgettable experience.

The first act of the concert titled ‘Togetherness’ was written, directed and choreographed by Clayton Ndlovu. In this act the performers including the MCs for the night were dressed like cats. They acted and behaved like cats; purring, licking their ‘paws’, sometimes walking on all four, both hands and feet. The setting was a rubbish place where garbage is disposed off.

The cats were divided into two rival gang groups competing in the ‘cat glorious cup challenge’. The sub story in the act involved two gang members in love with one another but unable to pursue their love due to the gang rivalry. One cat was played by Leshie Lovesong who sang heartbrokenly because she could not be with the cat she loved.

Each gang danced in different dance styles; one group was break-dancing, b-boking and doing the splits whilst the other danced traditional styles and themes. Both gangs gave each other moments to perform their routine, with a fight breaking out after each dance. These fights were often ended by the MCs for the night. At the end of the competition, the judge cat would announce the winner; with the message being that instead of competing against one another they should learn to work together.

The second act of the concert was titled, ‘Let’s celebrate Botswana’ and was directed by Gao Lemmenyane. Unlike the first the second act included three women dressed in Herero traditional wear and singing and dancing whilst playing traditional instruments like Segaba and Setinkane in a funky way.

Spiza Valentino and Amantle sang a duet called ‘When I die’ which was followed by Spiza, Sereetsi & the Natives, Thabang and Leshie Lovesong’s performance of a popular local song Robete much to the delight of the audience.

At the end of the night a cheque from the show’s sponsors was presented to the beneficiary of the concerts proceeds being the Tebogo Horatius Carter Foundation (THC Foundation); a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing support for women and children who are victims of gender based violence.

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Making outstanding art through waste material

Keletso Thobega

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Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame

Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.

One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.

Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.

He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”

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BOMU awards go on…

Keletso Thobega

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The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.

The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.

He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.

We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”

Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.

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