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Vee in on-stage fist-fight

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Singer and bouncers brawl with stage manager

Famous for belting out massive tunes, Vee Mampeezy served up a few hits of a more physical kind at the weekend.

Midway through a live set at the Gabane Sunday Ultimate Chillers, the pint-sized singer and his entourage stunned the crowd when they became embroiled in a fist-fight with a heavy-handed stage manager.

According to a member of the audience, the stage manager took offence at Vee and his energetic dancers’ acrobatic on-stage stunts – a trademark of the 36-year-old Kwaito star’s live performances.

“The stage manager grabbed Vee and tried to get him off the stage. Vee had to stop his performance to attend to the man. His bouncers were not happy with what happened and so they punched the guy and it got ugly,” revealed the shocked reveller.

Another insider, who asked not to be named, insisted the stage manager was well within his rights to intervene.

Describing the ‘Dumalana’ singer’s lively routine as dangerous, the source said, “Vee should understand that sometimes some stages are a tad bit smaller and cannot accommodate his stunts. That stage was going to fall and injure the hundreds of unaware music lovers who had approached the stage for his performance.”

Asked why this was not communicated to Vee, the insider maintained, “We did not have to. That stage is small, as is the event. We were worried about the safety of our supporters as well as his. He was very aggressive. He did not need to be!”

One of the show’s organiser’s, Tswelelang Maswabi told Voice Entertainment Vee had been warned to tone down his act before taking to the stage.

“We were left with no choice. We had been asking Vee and his dancers to at least limit their acrobatic stunts looking at the stage size and its sturdiness. We had to look out for our supporters who had moved closer to the stage at the time should anything happen,” Maswabi reiterated.

For his part, when reached for a comment, Vee confirmed the scuffle but added that no charges have been laid against his team.

“He grabbed me whilst I was still performing. I did not know who he was at the time or what he wanted. I appreciate their explanation but they could have communicated that to my manager who was there as I was on stage and in the zone of things at the time.”

Vee – who announced he intends to release a single with Major League DJ later this month – further described the stage manager’s actions as ‘unfair’.

“You see, I take my performance very seriously. I am an entertainer. It was a bit unfair for him to have done that in the middle of my performance and of course things got out of hand and there was this and that, you know I could not help it at the time!”

To his credit, Vee brushed off the incident and went on to deliver a sizzling set, much to the delight of the packed arena.

The laid-back event, which turns two in March, takes place on the first Sunday of every month at the Gabane family fun villa venue.

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Dipping in with Dipsy

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Dipping in with Dipsy

A legend of the game

When local football fans are asked who the country’s greatest ever footballer is, many will respond without hesitation, Diphetogo ‘Dipsy’ Selolwane.

Certainly, the 42-year-old Gaborone native’s achievements on the footy field are rivaled by precious few.

From playing abroad for five years – in Denmark and America – to starring in South Africa for almost a decade, at club level Dipsy enjoyed a stellar career.

However, it is his exploits with the national team that the striker is best remembered for.

Having captained the Zebras to their maiden (and to date only) AFCON appearance, Dipsy forever carved his name into the annuals of history, coolly rolling home a penalty against Guinea to score Botswana’s first ever goal at the tournament.

Voice Sports Portia Mlilo sat down with the legend for a look back at his footballing career as well as his current endeavors.

Q. When did you start playing football?

As far back as I can remember.

I grew up in a family of football lovers.

My mother, Getrude Selolwane, is known as a big fan of football supporting Gaborone United.

Growing up, GU players would come to our house all the time and I was inspired.

I started playing football on the streets of Extension II in Gaborone with brothers in the hood.

I went to Benthema Primary where I played for the school team, turning out for Arm City, Liverpool and Manchester (Notwane development team) in Chappies Youth League.

I think that is where my talent was recognized.

I was called for U/17 when I was playing at Nanogang Junior School and when I was at Gaborone Senior, I played in 2nd division for Nyangabwe, who are now called UB Hawks.

Q. When did you realise that a career as a footballer was a real possibility?

When I was playing for national U/17.

During international games, we came up against youngsters who were playing professional football and I started to believe that I could also do it.

I was inspired by Aaron Mokoena of South Africa when we played against them at U/23 level.

We had a chat and he told me he was quitting his studies to move to the Netherlands.

Football in Botswana then was more of a pastime than a job.

It was inspiring to hear a youngster almost my age talking of turning professional.

Q. Of all the games you played in, which one brings back the sweetest memories?

All Zebras games I played for the country and when I was playing at SuperSport, a game against Al Ahly (Egyptian team).

I played for my country with pride and I earned my stripes as a Zebra.

I am very proud that I led the team as the captain and we qualified for the AFCON.

That was our biggest achievement as the nation.

Q. And personally, what do you regard as the greatest achievement of your career?

Honour of Meritorious Service to Botswana awarded by the former President Khama.

That’s the best time and best award ever; to be honoured by your President was huge for me!

The other achievement I would say is playing at AFCON, making the country’s maiden appearance and scoring our first ever goal.

That really means a lot to me and my nation.

Q. And on the opposite scale, what are some of the disappointments of your football career?

Quite a few to mention but they have all led me to the greatest moments of my life so I never dwell much on them.

I had applied for Botswana National Sports Council elite scholarship to study at America and also pursue my professional football career.

The process was too long, I was sent from pillar to post.

I was already admitted at the university and what was left was for BNSC to release the funds for my trip and studies.

A day before my departure I was told the right procedure was not followed and I needed to apply again.

I have never been hurt like on that day!

My family had to call an emergency meeting and managed to raise the money for my flight ticket.

I left here with US$200 (P2, 000).

When I got there I found a piece job as a Valet in a hotel and worked for a Nigerian who had a studio at the mall not far from my house trying to make ends meet.

After three months that’s when I was told BNSC had approved my scholarship.

Q. Tell us about the nickname ‘Uturn’, how did it come about?

It came after the turn and strike against South Africa in 1999 at the National Stadium.

I made a quick turn before scoring a wonder goal that marked the start of my impressive career.

It was during COSAFA Cup preliminary game and I was only 21.

I scored a brilliant goal beating the then Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Brian Baloyi.

That was impressive!

Wow, I’ll have to YouTube it!

Q. You mentioned moving to America in 2000 at the age of 22 – what stands out most in your mind about that time?

That football has opened doors for me.

It was very tough at first when I arrived because I did not have a sponsor.

I worked extra hard on the field to market myself to be signed by a professional team.

I had to quit my studies because I could not turn down Denmark, a lifetime opportunity.

I did not want to live with the ‘what if I had not gone’ question hanging over me.

Q. What was the best thing about living in America?

It was an eye opener.

There were lots of opportunities and it made me see life differently.

I would say that is where my professional career started.

They had the best facilities for my career development.

Q. You played in Denmark for a while – what was that like, both on and off the pitch?

I was there for seven months and it was a big learning experience.

The football is not the same as ours.

Q. What do you remember most about your first Zebras call-up – you were only 20 at the time!

I sat on the bench and was grateful not to make an appearance.

I scored on my debut against Lesotho in a friendly match.

Q. Having captained the national team in qualifying for AFCON 2012, you missed the first game through suspension.In the second, you scored the country’s first ever goal at the tournament – a 23rd minute penalty to equalise against Guinea. Stepping up to the spot, what was going through your mind?

The time is now. God had brought the moment to make history.

That was the most difficult and biggest task in my football career.

Q. Fast forward to today, what do you think the Zebras are struggling so much? Where are we going wrong?

The mentality and desire is not the same.

Q. Do you think Amrouche is the right man to take the national team forward?

He is a coach with a huge CV but we have to come to the party to help him move the national team forward.

It is just that the mentality and desire is not the same as ours when we qualified for AFCON.

We were playing for the nation, appearance fees were not even an issue; we were very passionate about our careers.

Q. Toughest opponent you played against?

Mogogi Gabonamong.

He remains the only player that frustrated me to a point where I was given a red card.

He is very intelligent and could read my moves.

My uncle bought me soccer boots in Germany and they didn’t fit me so I gave them to him because we are friends and I always treated him like my younger brother.

When we played against Mogoditshane Fighters, he stepped on my toe to win the ball and I became so angry.

I think it’s because he did that with the boots I gave him!

I shouted at the referee for not protecting me and I was given a red card.

Q. Dipsy today v 21-year-old Dipsy: what’s the difference?

I’m a wiser man now!

Q. It is rumoured you intend to stand as a BFA National Executive Committee additional member in August’s elections. Any truth to this?

(Laughing) What would be wrong if I decided to run in BFA elections?

On a serious note I have not made up my mind but I believe it is high time footballers run football.

Q. Tell us about your football academy and what inspired you to start it?

I want to share my football knowledge and help players live their dreams in football as well as give back to the community.

We also teach them life skills because there is life after football.

They are coached by Vincent Kgaswane.

It is unfortunate that due to Covid-19 pandemic we are not training but we gave them a training programme to follow at their homes.

We will bounce back once WHO give us the green light.

I want it to be a world standard academy and produce professional footballers.

Q. And finally, Thank God It’s Friday, what are your plans for the weekend?

I will be just home with my family and my beautiful two daughters.

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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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