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04 Jun 2007

One of Maitisong’s new director, Gao Lemmenyane’s initiatives when he took over from David Slater, who managed the arts space for 20 years, was to set up a comedy club that would hone aspirant stand-up comedians, and, in turn, diversify the roster of evening entertainment staged at the Maitisong.

27 May 2007

On May 25, 2007, Multichoice celebrated Africa Day at the GICC by highlighting African content on the Dstv bouquet. AfricaMagic, Dstv’s movie channel dedicated to African cinema, has extended its 7 hours daily broadcasting to 24 hours.

27 May 2007

Kereke Mmarona loosely translates from Setwana as ‘Mother Church’ and is a project that explores music distinctive to particular churches. If you have not ‘visited’ other Christian denominational churches, the Methodist Church is known for their bass heavy choral arrangement and Bible thumbing percussion.

27 May 2007

My Bum Is Genetic So Deal With It, is a narration of how one African woman deals with her abundant bum. Napo Masheane, who is also popularly known as a poet, possesses one, and she draws material from experience and additional research on issues faced by women with big bums.

27 May 2007

It was always believed that an artist may be inspired by different aspects of the period, society, or culture in which they live in. For example, the artwork of some artists reflects the inspiration of technology; other artists continue to work with more traditional style. However, the choice or treatment of a subject matter may also reflect the inspiration of an artist.

27 May 2007

At lunchtime, most hungry people may go to the nearest restaurant. There are varieties of food to choose from, traditional foods, Italian, Chinese, Indian. Fast food and the pizza deliveries are just a phone call away. Moreover, you are not on a tight budget as it is end of the month.

20 May 2007

To appreciate something as art demands an artistic environment and aesthetic knowledge. One has to be aware that art demands appreciation for its existence from the audience, without the audience, a painting is just a painting and nothing more. Others believe that an artwork without a concept is blind and thus make the audience experience emptiness while looking at it.

20 May 2007

A teenager who is president of a fan club is involved in a whirlwind of celebrity spin doctoring in this year’s theatre production by Stuart White. Bye Bye Birdie, a fictional story parallel with Elvis Presley’s period of being drafted into US army for Vietnam, is centred on how his manager handled the event.

20 May 2007

We have often been told we are what we eat. Are we?

After years of eating something, we are always suddenly warned about how that product is bad for both our physical and mental health.
Take liquor, for example.

20 May 2007

Throngs turned up to see the South African band, Freshlyground, who are winners of the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards for the Best African Act. They played to a sold-out Maitisong on Friday.

13 May 2007

It’s been a while since I had a cup of Five Roses tea ee bokhukhu ntata, the last time I had it was probably when mama was still around. We used to seat by the porch over a cup of Five Roses with the recap of our day happenings at school and work. Nnyaa! I swear it wasn’t tshele ya Setswana. We would also chill there together and watch the sun say good night to the trees and horizon.

13 May 2007

Popularly known in Ngamiland as Stiger, the pioneer recording artist of western Botswana is now on his fifth recording, titled ‘Khoi khoi’.
The concept relates to the life of the Khoisan who have a sensitivity to the environment and the animals that sustain their livelihood.

13 May 2007

Sopranos and tenors are predisposed heroines and heroes in all operas, and everyone wants to hear the hero sing, right? French Cameroonian Jacques-Greg Belobo, however, is a baritone and performed a repertoire of music from Bizet, Brahms, Mozart and Gershwin at the Maitisong last Friday.

13 May 2007

Unlike other businesses which have at one time experienced a sharp rise in trading, the art world in this country has never enjoyed a sustainable expansion of sales. One doesn’t necessary need to be an insider to notice this. Botswana has rich and diverse traditional art forms as dynamic as the people. One will agree that there is expanding growth of contemporary art in Botswana.

13 May 2007

Napo Masheane’s one-woman show “BUM” toured abroad to sold out crowds and the theatrical journey leads her back to African soil.

13 May 2007

Both are 24 years old, but highly acclaimed performers on the local urban music scene. Vee is an older hand and has pioneered the kwaito-kwasa sound to rave reviews. He recently released his sixth album returning to slow and mid tempo kwaito.

Mapetla is 2 albums deep and made ‘traditional’ kwaito work for him.

13 May 2007

Basetsana Mbewe, nee Pelopedi, is model scouting. If you have always fancied yourself frolicking in front of a camera, she wants you.

“Anyone who wants to be a model and is aged between 18 and 35 years can audition,” she told The Sunday Standard.

05 May 2007

The opportunity to participate in a Mentoring Workshop Program at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa, was a dream comes true for Ray Gare of Thapong Visual Arts Centre. Gare is one of the young artists who want to be heard and intends to make a difference in the development of contemporary art in Botswana.

05 May 2007

A few years ago one arts reporter wrote a review applauding a local kwaito album by an all dancing popular group of the day. She, however, dared to question the use of Zulu language in one song. The strapping young artists gave her social (phone) call to advance an offer to aid loosening her bowels.

05 May 2007

Traveling cheap can be pretty expensive and often in conflict with Botswana’s aspirations for a productive nation driven by the global developments in information technology.

It takes two 11 hour working days to travel by bus to and from Gaborone to Maun in the Ngamiland District of northwestern Botswana for P208 and middle range hotel accommodation of P540.

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