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A woman of many first: Dr Chiepe's life, returns to Maitisong

There are many untold stories about African women who have lived extraordinary lives of national service. One of those stories is that of Dr Gaositwe K.T. Chiepe. Her granddaughter, Moduduetso Lecoge, wanted to be the first to finally bring her story to the public, by writing about it and acting it out. The play premiered at the 2016 Maitisong Festival, and now it is back, bigger, better and bolder with an expanded one hour version for The Maitisong Festival 2018. The story chronicles the life of Dr. Chiepe from her childhood as a young Motswana girl growing up in Serowe Village in Botswana, the same village where Botswana’s founding President Sir Seretse Khama and his family came from.


16th April 2018

Manyati drops debut single, Tshwarelo

16th April 2018

Onkokame Joyce Manyati Santagane, who goes by the stage name Mnanyathi, has dropped her debut single Tshwarelo. The eight-song album, produced by Tshepo Lesole at High Note Studios, will be released end of August. In an interview with Vibe, Manyati explains that Tshwarelo speaks about repentance. “I am asking God to forgive me for all the wrong things that I have done that are not correct in His eyes. I also vow to worship and serve God for the rest of my life,” she says. The upbeat singer shares that her single was inspired by her own personal journey as she had gone through ups and downs, as well as her turning over a new leaf.

16th April 2018

The increased interest in healthy eating means that the most supermarkets and butcheries now offer special cuts of lean meat. Although they are often slightly more expensive than standard cuts, it is worth buying this meat and spending a little extra time cooking it carefully to enhance the flavour. You will need to buy as much if you combine the meat and thoughtfully chosen and prepared vegetables. Look out too for packs of low or reduced fat minced (ground) meat in your local supermarket and include it in burgers or serve it in flavor filled sauce with rice, read rolls or your favourite pasta. Chicken and turkey are lower in fat than red meats and you can make them even healthier by removing the skin.

New Segaba album to sell Botswana internationally

6th April 2018

BY IRENE SHONE Anything he produces turns into gold, and this time he has produced the first- ever Segaba album after such a long time in Setswana traditional music. Producer, Founder and Owner of Kalakuta Records, Tex Ramogobya is a history maker when it comes to producing perfection and prides himself in the just released album; ‘Individual Brilliance’ by Sua Pan. The eight-track album comes as a unique deep Tswana folklore type with Segaba and flare of other indigenous instruments. Tex says that the album aims at reviving Setswana traditional music, particularly through segaba because it is usually heard only on RB1 programmes than in music produced at home. He considers Individual Brilliance as a pace setter album expected to go higher than the likes of Tinto and Kulenyane to mention a few. It was even drafted in the president’s inauguration programme to resemble the Setswana culture on the day.

New Segaba album to sell Botswana internationally

6th April 2018

Anything he produces turns into gold, and this time he has produced the first- ever Segaba album after such a long time in Setswana traditional music. Producer, Founder and Owner of Kalakuta Records, Tex Ramogobya is a history maker when it comes to producing perfection and prides himself in the just released album; ‘Individual Brilliance’ by Sua Pan. The eight-track album comes as a unique deep Tswana folklore type with Segaba and flare of other indigenous instruments. Tex says that the album aims at reviving Setswana traditional music, particularly through segaba because it is usually heard only on RB1 programmes than in music produced at home. 

Theatrical concert to light up Maitisong Festival

6th April 2018

The upcoming ‘It’s all in the Rehearsal’ theatrical concert, according to Deebie, is an engaging, enlightening and a fun-filled entertainment session that artistes can learn from.  Tebogo Gaetsewe tells Vibe that she will present a theatrical concert as part of Maitisong Festival. The neo soul artiste says a lot of people have got no idea what effort goes into making a successful musical show. “This is a chance through this theatrical concert to see what goes on during preparations for a show, in terms of the money, work and the magic. A glimpse into all the blood and sweat and tears that artistes go through to give the audience their money’s worth,” she explains. She promises nothing but a night of elegance. She is a determined neo soul artiste. “I love the fact that neo soul is a combination of soul, contemporary R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop which means it does not limit me,” she smiles. She would be performing a mixture of self-motivating covers and original songs, accompanied by other various special artistes including music ad keyboard director; Lamech Nwako. The theme of the night is drawn from her experiences on a personal level and from the arts spectrum particularly moving from self-doubt to upliftment. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 17th.

Doba makes hearts melt with her glorious voice

6th April 2018

Her glorious voice cannot go unnoticed and she stunned masses of people over the Easter holidays at Compass International Assembly Church as she performed alongside Vusi Mtokufa. The 25 year-old Omaatla Lubinda better known as Doba in music circles has been in the gospel music industry for almost a decade now, and her angelic voice continues to set her apart. While ministering over the Easter Holiday, she mesmerised the audience when she did the medley of ‘the blood shall never lose its power. The lead singer also a Soprano voice artiste left everyone with that touch that reminded them what really Easter Holiday meant through her singing.  She deems Easter Holiday as “a time of remembrance and reflection of where we come from as a church. Being born of the death of Christ and also a time to celebrate the finished work of the cross”. 

Lobatse Beef Festival to warm winter

6th April 2018

The annual Lobatse Beef Festival (LBF) is slated for June. While the winter season in the laidback town is known to be extremely cold, the party is anticipated to bring a bit of warmth and a celebratory mood. Since its inception, several years ago, the meat festival has lured many to the first town of Botswana and helped turn around its ‘ghost town’ image. The unique concept was initially spearheaded to create an event that celebrates the small town’s history and revives its social culture by celebrating the rich heritage of beef that it boasts.

Tlamelo Malebe’s music star on the rise

6th April 2018

Tlamelo Malebe continues to thrive in the music industry. His dream is to become a well-renowned artiste who can represent Botswana internationally.  The passionate artiste has just released a free mixtape dubbed ‘Ke ratwa ke batho’, whose cover song is ‘Blue Notes’. The mix tape has 14 songs. He has also dropped two singles; ‘Basco’ and ‘Go tla siama’. The 23 year-old Malebe explains that his new mix tape is absolutely free because he wants to explore and improve his music catalogue. This brand new music can be found on his sound cloud page, soudcloud.

Ecstasy Roots Band’s album, ‘Zambezi’ finally out

6th April 2018

 Afrocentric Jazz group Ecstasy Roots Band is preparing to officially launch their long anticipated album; ‘Zambezi’. Band member Siyabonga Ophias promises that the new album is perfectly placed just like any of their previous work. He tells Vibe at the moment they are engaged in launch shows to prepare for the major launch to take place soon at Thapong Visual Arts.

EASY CHILLED WEEKENDS

6th April 2018

My style of cooking is very much based on ingredients that can be easily found in supermarkets along with a few ingredients here and there that require a bit more of search. To all those who are learning how to cook, its important you do not feel as if every recipe must be replaced with 100 percent accuracy. In all honesty, the best recipe are those born an accidental occurrence and should always try substitute an ingredient for one that was required. For easy weekends, find great ideas for light family lunches that also work as starters for bigger get- togethers . Big plates are usually served for big crowds for stress free entertaining for example grilled chicken salad, vegetable roasts or boozy steaks are just some awesome ideas. If you are lucky to be in a garden, those greens are essential for making the most of the day.

Mabua’s 3rd album released

21st February 2018

Trevor Mabua needs no introduction in the local jazz industry. He is the reclusive kind that tells life stories through his lyrics, a not so common attribute, very rare as he adds an enormous touch of desirable humour to his songs.

CHIVES

21st February 2018

My small nephew calls them skinny onions. Each time I use them in my favourite pasta dish he moans: ‘’ Aunty I don’t like separating these skinny onions, with a fork!” Ha! Most children don’t like vegetables and often call them things but the tricky part is often use them in sweet dishes so they don’t realize they are actually eating vegetables.


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