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60 artists for GIMC 2020, 50 local acts



60 artists for GIMC 2020, 50 local acts

GIMC 2020 line up revealed

Considered one of the must attend musical experiences in the country, The Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) 2020 is once again upon us.

This week Voice Entertainment caught up with the man behind the brand, Thapelo ‘Fish” Pabalinga for an insight into the preparations of the big show!

GIMC week will officially kick start on Friday 28th August and will go on for the rest of the week until the main attraction on Saturday 5th dubbed the GIMC music festival.

The GIMC will once again include eight shows at eight different venues, something which will cost the organisers P4.2 million.

In an Exclusive interview with Pabalinga who will today (Friday) represent Botswana at the prestigious Maftwon heights creative community workshop hosted in Mahikeng – he reiterated that over the past seven years GIMC has injected about P11 million into the creative industry.

“The quickest way to create employment is through the creative industry. I cannot stress how much the creative industry has potential to turn around the economy,” Pabalinga said.

“The other thing that we pride ourselves in is that we have been in the past able to create the linkage between local artists and other events outside the country. We have been able to slot local acts in those events through the network we have been able to create with other events,” Pabalinga added.

As per GIMC tradition, events for the week will kick off with the Fitness and Aerobics event, followed by the ever popular GIMC Jazz , fashionable GIMC Champagne picnic, GIMC poetry night, GIMC comedy night, GIMC theatre night, GIMC Clap n Tap and closing off the week with the GIMC music festival.

Pabalinga further added that this year they will engage a total of 60 performers, with 50 local slots and only 10 international artists.

Sharing the lineup which Pabalinga says will be completed by end of April, for the GIMC music festival will be South Africa’s Dj Maphorisa, Kabza da small, Sasha and Emtee Locally it will be Ban T, Veezo View and Ozi F Teddy just to mention a few.

For the Jazz event no international acts have been confirmed as yet with Pabalinga only sharing Amantle Brown, Mpho Sebina and Sereetsi and the Natives as the main acts of the night. Mophato dance crew is expected to be the main acts for the GIMC theatre night slated for September 1st.

“We try and grow the event every year with our limited budget, I mean being considered as one of the best events in the country we are dreaming of partnering with private entities so that we could even bring trending American artists to perform here in Botswana.”

“It is possible, we are a country rich with diamonds I don’t see anything hindering us from hosting such big acts, hopefully when we turn 10 years of age we will be able to achieve this or preferably even sooner,” Pabalinga further noted.

GIMC is on its seventh year since inception and continues to remain one of the most successful events in the country having gained international recognition after it was listed among the top 10 events to attend in Africa.

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Amantle Brown teams up with Gigi lamayne for “sedidi”



Amantle Brown teams up with Gigi lamayne for “sedidi”

Defers sophomore album to September

Brownies as she affectionately calls her fans, can brace themselves for Amantle Brown’s sophomore album, which was delayed by the global pandemic, COVID-19.

After a four-year hiatus, Brown’s album will finally drop in September.

Her debut album ‘Sa Pelo,’ which had chart-topping singles such as ‘Moratiwa’, ‘Black Mampatile’ and ‘Sa Pelo’ shot her to the top and won her many awards.

The album, Amantle Brown has confirmed will have 13 tracks.

Voice Entertainment caught up with the petite singer after she released a teaser to the upcoming album, featuring South Africa’s elite rapper Gigi, Lamayne (25) for her latest offering dubbed “Sedidi”.

“I started working on the album as early as last year. When looking for whom to collaborate with, I reached out to Gigi Lamayane and she agreed to set up the meeting. Early this year she came to Botswana for radio interviews and we decided to meet up and record the song,” Amantle Brown said.

“As you can imagine the lockdown has affected a lot of my plans, including the release date of the album. I literally had to go back to the drawing table with the team. There is a lot that goes one behind the scenes before releasing an album. I know all eyes are on me now, first of all it has been a while since I released an album and secondly I have to top the first album, and that is pressure on its own,” Amantle Brown further shared.

Targeting a younger audience with her latest offering, Amantle Brown has switched to a more upbeat tempo.

“We decided to take the dance route. Without completely losing our original touch, we have infused Afro Pop and dance beats into my sound,” she said.

Commenting on her recent controversial post about female hygiene on social media Amantle Brown said, “I was trying to give advice to my ladies about hygiene. The truth of the matter is a lot of us ladies have bad smell down there, so I was trying to share with my followers what has worked for me. I wasn’t expecting it to blow up that way. I have since deleted the video. The backlash was really bad.”

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The return of Musubo



The return of Musubo

*Union back to take over from a dormant BOMU *Membership stands at over 250 and counting….

After 11 years of docility, Musicians Union of Botswana (MUSUBO) has bounced back and looks ready to shake-up the music industry.

The union that was founded in 2009 to rival Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) is on a massive recruitment drive.

Led by the pragmatic Fumani Eddie Tekere, MUSUBO decided to strike while the iron is hot, electing to resuscitate their structures at a time when BOMU is till incapacitated.

BOMU, which is 9 years older than MUSUBO has been inactive since the ill-fated 2018 elections that were marred by controversy.

An interim committee led by veteran Taolo Moshaga was ordered by the Registrar of Companies Arbitration Council to prepare for an election of the executive committee in three months.

“It’s almost two years now and the interim committee has not delivered. As far as we are concerned, BOMU has ceased to exist. No one can claim to be running BOMU, said Raoboy Mpuang, MUSUBO interim Executive Committee General Secretary.

Mpuang said they formed MUSUBO in 2009 as a protest against rampant maladministration at BOMU.

“The ministry however intervened and brokered peace. We decided to suspend the initiative and pulled together as one under BOMU, but we’re back here. BOMU has died and MUSUBO remains the only union capable of leading musicians,” he said.

Mpuang said in two months since their return they have done so much in addressing issues of artists’ welfare.

“While BOMU was all about music awards, we are more concerned with artists’ welfare. We looked at issues such as contracts, legal representation and how musicians generally approach the music business. It can’t be business as usual. We can’t at the time when everyone is talking about the fourth Industrial Revolution have musicians who don’t have bank accounts,” Mpuang said.

“Stakeholders are ready to come on board and help local musicians as seen by the recent P1.5 million pledge by First National Bank. However to attract more businesses we first need to clean up our act,” he said.

In his remarks, Tekere who’s also the interim President said under MUSUBO artists will no longer struggle to get their dues after providing services.

“We’ll soon launch our partnership with a legal entity that will take care of all the legal needs of our members. We’re currently in the process of profiling our members to make it easy for consumers to download readily available information about their stars,” said Tekere.

The MUSUBO President further said they have registered over 250 members across all the four regions.

“We’ve 100 in Gaborone, 80 in Francistown, 30 in Kgalagadi and 60 in Maun and many more have shown a desire to affiliate with us,” he said.

“We also secured 80 food hampers, which were distributed in the four regions,” said Tekere.

He also revealed that MUSUBO was planning a meeting with broadcasters to discuss issues of genre to ensure that all genres get equitable airplay.

Unlike in 2009, MUSUBO is not going to back down even if BOMU bounces back, Tekere has said.

“The ministry is aware of our existence and I believe with close to 300 members, we have a very good reason to exist,” he said.

Some of the notable names under MUSUBO include Astley Gops and Tumza.

The return of Musubo
NEW MEMBER: Astley Gops
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