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Tswapian bolus gets KBL boost

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Goo ha e le borotto o mmathele

Five years ago, two determined young DeeJays put their creative heads together and vowed to bring festive entertainment to the bored masses in the Tswapong north region.

And thus ‘Tswapian Bolus’ was born, an annual festival in the village of Maunatlala, 65km east of Palapye.

The brainchild of Olorato Gaoganetswe (DJ Olga) and Barona Ngwako (DJ Smallz), the Christmas cracker comes complete with catchy tagline ‘Goo ha e le borotto o mmathele’ (If it’s bread may I have a piece) – a phrase taken from one of the many stereotypes about Batswapong and their love for bread.

Despite numerous challenges, chief amongst them a lack of finances, the event has shown great growth over the years.

With Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) now wanting a piece of the action, coming aboard through their popular beverage St Louis, this year’s edition is set to be the best yet.

“For the first time we have a corporate sponsor, and that is so refreshing. All these years it has been a struggle and we have never made any profits but we are still pushing harder than ever before,” Gaoganetswe told Voice Entertainment recently.

Retracing the festival’s steps to the very beginning, the Disk Jockey explained DJs T4 and Bobo joined himself and Ngwako as organisers. Together they made a formidable quartet that has stood the test of time since 2014.

“We wanted a show that would be the pride of Batswapong. It is all about our identity, hence the ‘bolus’ which is used to identify our cattle in the country,” said Gaoganetswe, adding the idea was to get fellow Batswapong to return home every festive season for their dose of the ‘bolus’.

Since the initiative’s inception, it has always been headlined by local acts.

“We’ve always wanted to give local artists a chance because we believe in their capabilities. This again has given artists based in the Tswapong area an opportunity to really to show the nation what they are made of,” he highlighted, noting they plan to bring an international act for the show’s 10th anniversary.

The self-driven DJ revealed together with his partners, they have been sponsoring the festival from their pockets for the past five years.

“People joined us and left, but we persevered,” he added.

With KBL’s substantial weight now behind them, Gaoganetswe is visibly excited at what the future holds for ‘Tswapian Bolus’.

He pledged to continue unearthing talent in Tswapong, including other small businesses.

“The food stalls, promo girls and boys are also 100 percent from Tswapong. We play our role in supporting local brands as well as giving contributions to the needy as a way of showing appreciation to our beloved followers.”

This year, the 25 December festival has attracted three superstar headliners, with Franco, Slizer and Dr Vom set to take to the stage.

The line-up also includes: Mlesho, Crispin The Drummer, DJs Shaboo, T4, Olga, Smallz and Black Prince as the Master of Ceremonies. Pre-sold ticket is P80.

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HCC is back

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Monate Fela brings another sizzling edition of the annual Home Coming Concert courtesy of the Legendary Easy B.

The show, slated for 24th December at Mahalapye Railways Stadium, will feature South African stars such as, Master KG of ‘Limpopo’, ‘Waya Waya’ and ‘Jerusalem’ hits, DJ Maphorisa and DJ Jury.

The all-fire line-up also includes the likes of Vee, African Yard, Kuchi, Ban T, Veezo View, Tshego, Shasha, Cairo and Kabza De Small. Sadi will be the MC.

Tickets are selling at P150 general and P600 VIP.

Gates open at midday until 0600hrs.

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MaitengweTitose festive bash

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BW Entertainers will invade Maitengwe village for the 1st Edition of Maitengwe Titose Festive Bash at Itenge Lodge (Manjoo Kaisara’s place near Maitengwe Border on the river bank).

The Boxing Day event features RB2 DJs such as Fondo Fire, Geespot and Fezz Motaz.

Before the show there will be an activation at the football grounds during the 1600hrs games.

Artists from the village will also be given the platform to rub shoulders with the seasoned DJs.

MC will be the comedian, Thapelo Malani.

Entrance is P40.

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This Saturday, Masa Square Hotel will shut the year down in style with the first ever Gin and Live Jazz festival with performances by Tshepi Live and Shanti-Lo.

The event starts from 1400hrs until 2200hrs and is in partnership with: Gin Lou, Tanqueray, Beefeater, Whitley Neil and Tragelaphus.

Ticket are selling for P500 inclusive of five gin shots, a meal and a panama hat.

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