Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Calls for sponsors’ tax rebates as local musical programme grows

The director of ‘My Star’ series has called on the government to consider administering tax rebates towards the corporate world, insisting such a shift would leverage the local music programme.

“We wish to implore our government to consider administering tax rebates towards companies that are coming to our assistance, financially ensuring that the programme becomes a success,” said Master Dee, the programme director, on Friday at a glittering grand finale, hosted by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Shaw Kgathi.

Started a few years ago, the ‘My Star’ programme attempts to unearth artistic talent amongst the vulnerable youths but financial constraints are a constant impediment to the series, which aims to bolster the music talent of prospective musicians.

“Without them this programme would not be what it is today,” he added, insisting that the government also ups its ante and solicit for a piece of land for the erection of an auditorium for the initiative.

From the humble beginnings, My Star has been at the mercy of local companies, with Mascom being this year’s sponsor.

Lack of their own facility has been another stumbling block, which sees them move from one place to another in search of convenient accommodation.

That notwithstanding My Star 2011- hailed the best performance so far in comparison to the previous editions – ended with a breath-taking finale as Bianca scooped the award as the best singer, beating her rivals hands down.

Mahalapye born Bianca garnered 18, 212 votes to walk away with a P100,000 cash prize and P150 000 worth of prizes – courtesy of Botswana Development Corporation – to study music and enhance her musical career.

Kennedy and Elizabeth trailed behind with 15,670 votes and 10,317 votes respectively, earning themselves P15, 000 and P10, 000 and some hampers.

A night to remember, the event was also graced by the top 10 finalists, with Norman once again proving his musical acumen, moving his audience from their toes.

The forty-two year old, who was the oldest amongst the contestants, wooed his fans with his arm flapping dancing moves that have become his trade mark as his audience danced and imitated him.

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