One of the few local artists to ever receive the coveted Chanel O award for the category Best Male Award ; Zeus (Game Bantsi ) is currently working on his much awaited album, which he hopes will reignite his 2014 fame.
Voice Entertainment visited Zeus at one of his rehearsals where he is also preparing for his fourth album, which will be called ‘Pieces of the Now’
The last time Zeus released an album was back in 2013 dubbed “African Time”. Commenting on his next offering Zeus said, “The coming album will have about 15 songs but as you can imagine we have not finilised the list. I have featured about four guys in the album one guy called Rane Rap who is based in the US and another rapper from Namibia called Dollars or Yens as well as Owie and ONx Da Poet.
It is a really exciting project that has been a long time coming and I really can’t wait to have it out,” Zeus said.
Catching up on his thoughts on the state of the of Hip Hop at the moment, the “Gijima” rapper said, “Today’s hip hop music is more diverse that it gets credit for. The biggest problem is not that everything had gravitated to one sound, which is an arguable view, the biggest problem is how media covers the current hip hop.”
Asked to elaborate Zeus said, “There aren’t enough acts who are very organic in their appeal who get coverage. There is still a lot of lyricism in the game.”
But who does Zeus believe is the best rapper in BW? The energetic rapper who is also part of the organizing committee of popular Jam4brunch event said, “There are different traits we can look at and each one of those traits someone excels at. Ideally you would want an artist who can bring all those together from flow, to content to multiple perspectives and storytelling. When I think of flow, I think of Veezo View. When I think about say perspective a guy like Frost comes to mind.”
When I think of new age hip hop trap soul kind of vibe a guy like Manne dilla comes to mind, But if I am to name someone who brings it all together I would say arguably ATI. I can’t overlook him. But all the other mentions are special names,” Zeus said.
However there is no MC Zeus will rather not face , “One thing I have maintained is that one should be always ready to fight. I am confident enough to say there is no one I would shy away from if they want to go at it.”
Zues has another collaborative project with rapper Nomadic also expected to be released this year.
In the mean time he has released his single, Gotta get mine, which has shot up the ranks in the local charts.
Things they say: MPs Baja mosusumpelo -Kwape
Eating food with roughage as a healthy nutritional habit is another thing, but being forced to have it because there is no other food in the house is another.
Just ask deputy council chairperson in the North West District, Lekonne Masoko and he will tell you what it feels like, “Ke jele moroko thata le lebese ha ke gola ko Tsau, ga ke kake ka boela koo gape. Ga ke kake!” “I ate a lot of bran with milk when I was growing up in Tsau. I do not see myself going back to those days.
There is just no way!
He was responding to Minister Lemogang Kwape’s appeal for political leaders to be exemplary and start to eat healthy meals. Kwape has accused politicians including MPs of eating too much, “ko palamenteng batho ba ja mosusumpelo,” “Even in parliament, people eat too much food,” said Kwape
Celeb edition with Kodie
Kodie, 24, has distinguished himself as the go to content curator of choice.
Having featured in variousinternational magazines such as Elle, British Vogue, BBC, AfroPunk, and in the Mail & Guardian fashionistas, Kodi needs no introduction.
This week, CELEB EDITION takes a short left to have a two-minute chat with the young star.
Q. You broke out as a fashion blogger before venturing into a bigger space of content curating, tell me what inspired you to embark on this career journey?
A. I am really grateful for my upbringing. Because of it I developed this beautiful character and always believed that the world will one day bask in it.
My fashion blogging phase was really important because it proved to me that indeed the world adored my uniqueness and that indeed my story had a place in the world.
That gave me all the courage I ever needed to confidently begin this amazing career journey where many have so far turned to me for direction because that’s exactly what I have always yearned for.
Q. You now successfully run an LGBTQI portal, setabane.com tell me more about it.
A. Setabane.com is a gift from me- now to the younger me back then and seeing it impact positively on other amazing queer young people out there has been fulfilling.
The site doesn’t only share stories of the LGBTQ+ online but has now given birth to PUO PHA, a safe space where people who are ready to interact with our stories in real life can get the opportunity.
We had our first session last year in Gaborone and this year we are planning to take it to other countries in Africa.
Q. What is the one topic that people are scared to touch on when it comes to LGBTQI issues?
A. Family! When we discuss issues I believe most of the time all we ever talk about is the law this and that, the church this and that, not that these aren’t important, but we are delaying our healing if we cannot vocalize the pain our families have brought us and seek help.
Q. What does the term influencer mean to you?
A. Simple, A person with influence. Influence means effect, so this is a person whose ways and moves have impact on others.
This has always been there; word-of-mouth is a good example of this.
Q. What is the least amount of petrol you have ever bought?
A. P100 for my friend Hillary because I don’t drive. Don’t ask why (laughs)
Q. Who would you rather: Glotto and Diamond Dust?
A. Glotto because they are redefining fashion and I really adores the amazing young girl who runs it.
Her vision is on point and the fact that our youth culture is looked after really makes me happy.
Q. When was the last time you cried and why?
A. This week on Monday morning.
My career choice is really straining and if I don’t deal with my emotions then they’ll delay my success.
I had a discussion with therapist and it got me emotional.
Q. Large family or smaller?
A. Smaller! -The economist in me loves to minimize costs.
Q. What is the one thing you do when no one is looking?
A. Play with my tongue by rubbing it against my teeth because that’s how I can get my face to look really ugly. Silly right?
Q. Would you break up with someone via text?
A. If you asked me this question two years back I would say YES! I was just a bad boy back then, but now I think differently and I am the king of closure, which is always painful (laughs).
Q. Tell me 5 things people don’t know about you
A. I quit my first corporate job after 3 months
- I am finally about to complete my very delayed BA Economics & Accounting
- My plants have names
- I am a great cook.
- I discovered a great cocktail called the Kodie Classic.