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A brave night with Joyous celebration

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Joyous celebration concert returns in October

Gospel concert headlined by South African musical giants, Joyous celebration is back for the 3rd year running.

Dubbed a life-changing concert, the show has been pinned for October 31st and will maintain its host venue at the UB indoor sports arena, featuring Joyous celebration alongside local acts.

Voice Entertainment caught up with the brains behind the event, Joe Manuel of Brave Heart and he said, “Every year we try and improve the event by bringing an exciting addition to the line up. This year will be no different. Last year we were blessed to have filled up the venue with over 5300 people in attendance, something which we don’t take for granted.”

A brave night with Joyous celebration
BRAVE HEART BOSS: Manuel

Manuel also revealed that although preparations for the event have been slightly put on hold by the outbreak of the novel corona virus pandemic (COVID-19), behind the scenes planning continues.

“As you know the date has been set for October,” Manuel stated.

As part of the selection for the line up, a nationwide call for local gospel artists to compete for a spot on the stage with Joyous Celebration will soon be made.

The winner, according to Manuel, will travel to South Africa to work with Joyous Celebration in preparation for the October event.

“We had hoped that by now we would have launched the competition but plans have been delayed. In working with the group prior, the winning local act will be empowered by getting exposure on what goes on behind the scenes in preparation of a world class show,” Manuel explained.

However all is not lost. Manuel hopes to get the competition running once the Corona virus spread has subsided.

Brave Heart also has plans to launch a Gospel Icon TV show.

” We could have in fact launched it last month but the show has been postponed due to the pandemic.” Mauel said.

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Amantle Brown teams up with Gigi lamayne for “sedidi”

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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

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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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