GABORONE, Botswana, May 2020/ — Following the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development’s call for creatives to send notes towards the drafting of the arts council bill, more and more inspired talent continues to come to the fore. It appears many have been busy amid the corona virus scare to bring out their creativity juices to the shore.
Since time immemorial the local creative industry has longed for the establishment of the arts council prompting protests such as that of Kast’s 1000km walk and DT’s Gaborone main mall walk. The two selfless individuals had sacrificed themselves to drum up support for the establishment of the art council in Botswana. Many are still up in arms as to why the draft was crafted without the input of the industry custodians.
However, a few hardworking creatives have not let this deter their ambitions even during lockdown and we looked at a few who have taken the advantage of the lockdown to improve their craft…
Rhythm City, Vee clinch a soundtrack deal
A South African drama series, Rhythm City produced by Quizzical Pictures has sealed a sound track deal with Botswana’s pint-sized megastar Vee Mampeezy. The e.tv original production that premiered on South African’s free-to-air television channel e.tv in July 2007 as a replacement for the now-defunct youth-targeted soap opera, Backstage has become synonymous with using local music in its backtrack. Vee becomes the second Motswana artist to be licensed by SA’s e.tv production. In 2017, local rapper Dramaboi’s music was also licensed to be used as background music for the popular Rhythm City.
Ban T launches his own online show – Cozy Quarantine
Already gaining traction, the hip hop sensation is not a bad presenter at all. Already his brainchild TV show that talks about the ins and out of the music industry has attracted big names in the industry among them SCAR and Zeus. Internationally, he has brought hip hop veteran Slikour to the show that beams via Instagram. The show targets radio personalities, music promoters, DJs, event managers, television stars alike. It airs every Monday, Thursday and Sunday nights at 11pm. For his effort, Mascom has put up sponsorship packages to help viewers with data.
International celebrities acknowledge local talent
It does not happen often for international celebrities to acknowledge local talent. We recently saw Chris Brown giving local comic sensation William Last KRM some love on his Instagram page because of how passionately he sang his song. William Last KRM, born Bofelo William Molebatsi is known for his spoofs and comedic genius but the country wasn’t ready for this. It didn’t take long for Botswana to jump into Breezy’s comments section and show patriotism for their country. Although later, Chris Brown deleted the post it was already viewed by over 1.2 million across the world.
Lockdown virtual weekend festivals
Although this development came weeks after the South African version led by DJ Shimza on Chanel O, local DJs have also kept their fans awake on weekends.