TJ Dema is a Botswana based international poet who runs SAUTI a boutique size events, arts and performance management organization. She is Chairperson of The Writers Association of Botswana (WABO), a board member of the Children’s Performing Arts Trust (CHIPA), a longstanding supporter of The Livepoets sessions, as well as being a founding member (alumni) of the acclaimed Exoduslivepoetry! collective, who coordinated Botswana’s sole annual poetry festival between 2004 and 2009.

Over the last decade TJ has been actively involved in the field of poetry, nurturing and promoting the spoken word movement in Botswana by seeking out opportunities for regional cross pollination of poetry by mentoring local writers and as part of a collective hosting artists from the region and beyond. She has carved her own niche by often articulating on gender based issues within her work and mentoring high school students on performance poetry. She was part of a collaborative effort with a local radio station in hosting a weekly poetry platform on radio.

TJ is a 2005/06 participant in the British Council’s Crossing Borders project with whom she has partnered on a number of initiatives including the 2007/08 Power in the Voice(PIV) initiative as mentor to the PIV national champions. In 2010 she was guest writer for the University of Warwick’s International Gateway for Gifted Youth program. TJ has been commissioned to perform during the 2005 SADC Gender conference, Bua! on South Africa’s Constitution Hill, the Oprah Magazine Tea Party, Miss Botswana 2005 and 2007, Delhi International Arts Festival 2008, the President’s Annual Concert 2008 and 2010, the United Nations Development Program IDEP 2007 and 2008, Make Some Noise and Speak the Mind sessions (Arts Alive, SA 2009). In 2010 she was a main stage act at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), Shakespeare and co’s Festivalandco in France as well as the World Wide Words festival in Denmark.

She has shared the stage with leading international artists in the United Kingdom, Denmark, India, France, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Her work has been featured on BBC, SABC 2, SABC Africa, SA Fm, Btv, Gabz Fm, Yarona Fm, RB 2 as well as a cameo in the 2010 second season of a popular Botswana drama series. She has also voiced a handful of documentaries for some of Botswana’s blue-chip companies.

TJ has been published in a number of anthologies in Botswana, South Africa, USA and the UK. A handful of her poems have been translated into Chinese.

www.kgogomodumo.com

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Duma Fm and Streethorn jazzman Soares Katumbela aka DJ SK is one of high repute. He knows about the selection of music and what to play to a specific crowd. He will keep revellers on his with his rich collection of Afro Jazz. His business is to provide his listeners with good jazz.

 

 

DJC4 is a DJ/Producer Based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Genres include RNB, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Electro-Pop, House and Soul.

http://www.mixcloud.com/djc4/

 

 

Mophato Dance Theatre is an Afro-Fusion and Contemporary dance company based in Botswana.

Founded in 2009 by Andrew Letso Kola, his vision was to establish a dance company in Botswana which will fuse contemporary dance with our traditional african dance.

Their aim is to educate people about dance, Mophato gives back by teaching Contemporary dance and Afro-Fusion to members of the community such as students at local schools.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mophato-Dance-Theatre/137884352945183?sk=info

 

 

KHWEZI, born 13th July, 1984 at Princess Marina Hospital, to a Xhosa mother & Swati father,he was brewed & matured in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone. First year of high school was in Johannesburg, South Africa. Within the very same metropolis, Khwezi fell in love with the art of emceeing circa 1998. His means of expression were through writing thought-snippets in the form of poetry. Khwezi recorded his first track in 2003 at P-Side studios with Goof (Ramco) as the producer. His first performance was held that same year as a curtain raiser for Mista T, now known as Nomadic. In 2004 Khwezi met up with the band Khoitrans, an ensemble comprised of Bonolo ‘B-Note’ Mogotsi, Moratiwa Molema, Myizer Matlhaku & Shafiek Kimmie. Along with aforementioned B-Note, Khwezi recorded his first single ‘Vatsey’ in 2005 at Swett Shoppe. The track features Moses Khumalo, a renowned jazz saxophonist who passed away in 2006. Due to managerial ineptitude, the recording deal with Swett Shoppe went sour in 2006. 2007 had Khwezi randomly recording at yet another studio, Madd Labb Productions with the likes of Illushen, D.O.G, King Ming & Buckshot. A tally of four tracks was the result. Through Fishmaan, Khwezi was introduced to Mex of Mexyland Studios in 2008. Around the same time People of Religious Nature (P.O.R.N) was born, comprising of Ngozi Chukura, Phenyo ‘Shorti Bang’ Maswabi & Khwezi Nsibande. Khwezi also got to know a team of American exchange students based at the University of Botswana. These were Daniel Schwarts (Photographer), from Mexico &Pat Arp (Bass Guitarist/Vocalist). This ensemble formed the backup band for P.O.R.N, along with Zimbabwean natives Dominic ‘Mex’ Mandindo & Langa Khumalo as the sound engineers. The album Word Truth Fortune [W.T.F.] was recorded but never released. Due to the exchange students heading back to their respective countries & remnant P.O.R.N artists (Khwezi, Ngozi, Shorti Bang) having creative disputes, all this led to a split up. In 2009 Khwezi set his attention on a solo project, which includes some tracks recorded with the band. He intends to release the tracks he did besides the P.O.R.N album, hopefully in later in the year as he has had to reconfigure the album several times to suit the genre of music that he does. Producers featured on the album are Mex, B-Note, Mark Sunners, Krafty, & Man-E. Behind the live tracks are Pat Arp (Bass Guitar/Vocals), Sebastian Modak (Drums/Djembe) & Raphael Varazza (Pianist). Recordings were made at Mexyland Studios, Altitude Sounds & XLT Productions. Featured artists are Konkrete (Altitude Sounds), Nomadic (Independent), King Ming (Independent),Illushen (Madd Labb Studios) Samba T, Short Bang, Fishmaan & Baba Sbomo with crème de la crème vocalists Ngozi Chukura, Pat Arp, Mark Sunners & Bundu Lama. The album name is ‘STARDUZT: ARTistry is Cozmic’. The single, Back Then which features Fishmaan & Bundu Lama are already enjoying airplay on local radio stations and the support is immense.

http://www.myspace.com/khwezi