By Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone - Youthful Botswana radio station, Yarona FM has chosen South African socialite, Bonang Matheba to host the growing Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs) in early February, amid reports she will pocket a cool P150,000.
This reportedly irked local presenters, who included the station’s two morning show hosts, Brando and Robin Chivaze, who wanted the management to include some of its own, and spread the P150,000 earning.
The two were immediately suspended, before they resigned this week.
However, the station is pressing ahead with Matheba as the awards presenter, with reports that the station was looking for a high-profile personality to sell the red carpet event.
Despite the controversy surrounding the choice of Matheba, organisers said the focus of the event is on artists’ brands, with a view to grow them beyond the local market.
“Queen B (Bonang), South African global brands magnate and socialite, will host the night of glamour. The event is expected to draw local and regional artists,” the station said in a statement.
Matheba will host the show alongside the station’s Leungo Pitse. The YAMAs are expected to be a glamorous music and fashion event, and the organisers hope that by roping in Matheba, the event’s status will be elevated.
“Over and beyond well-choreographed scenes and polished performances, there will be a twist. Internationally acclaimed artists will work behind the scenes in empowerment workshops for skills transfer with Botswana artists,” the station said.
The event will be dubbed ‘Retro 5’ and Yarona FM said it is all about rebirth and reflection.
“We realise that there is life beyond the stage. Before the last spotlight goes off, artists have to identify and categorise opportunities at their disposal for growth. It is about expanding current networks,” the station manager, Kelly Ramputswa told the media.
Emerging artist, Han-C is expected to dominate the night with his hit song ‘Rejection’ which has dominated airwaves of late. He teamed up with Botswana DJ Kuchi, to release a fast paced tune that is expected to dominate the festive season functions.
Defined as one of the purest talent to emerge from Botswana, Han-C will replace ATI, who was the undoubted man of the stage at the last YAMAs, where he walked away with three awards, after the release of ‘Kiring khorong’.a