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Pula Power is back on BTV

Publishing Date : 25 December, 2017

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Botswana’s biggest entertainment TV show PULA POWER made a come back to the screens on the 2nd of December on Botswana Television.


The two hour entertainment TV show‘s return marks its second season. The show is presented by six young and talented people in Nature, DJ Izzy, Staxxx, Yaya, Fifi and Mdu. Season 1 screened on BTV for 52 episodes between 2014 and Jan 2015. The show features segments such as Katch Up’ which is a one on one documentary style exclusive interview with local artists. The artists share experiences about their music careers.


The Platform’ focuses on filming and showing highlights of different entertainment event functions happening around the country and international access to VIP, backstage to stage performances. Spot On is about local celebrities QnA, while The Loop is local music videos charts –showing strictly 100% different local music videos genres by local artists.


According to the Producers of Pula Power the name Pula is significant to Botswana’s success. It carries a lot of weight as a slogan for used by leaders at national gathering and it is also the national currency – “this is what inspired the producers to adopt the name Pula Power, we have a strong currency.”  


“We are the youth pride and we ensure that local artists from musicians to producers, DJs, dancers, upcoming artists, music video directors, camera operators, and events organizers all have an equal opportunity to shine in this program. When we started Pula Power it was just a trial for a late night show because a 10pm slot is not TV prime time and many thought the slot does not have viewership, considering that people go out around that time, so we had to make the show interesting and after a few months most people countrywide via our social medium networks gave us positive reviews as feedback. Our nationwide coverage and the fact that we play local content made Batswana appreciate our art. We could shoot events in villages anywhere in Botswana, interviewing artists in places mostly you never heard of,” said Pula Power Producer, Xotic Sebina.


Pula Power makes it back to the screen at busy and fun time of the year – that is the December festive season. Sebina is aware that this is the busiest time with the most entertainment events across the country.  According to the Producer the show has already filmed more than 30 events across Botswana and in South Africa. ”We have a very energetic young team, more than 20 creative crew members doing from technical camera operating, editing and producing ,because to produce a 2 hours show weekly requires a lot of focus and time.


We have made connections to film events in South Arica like DSTV iRock festival, Durban July, Essence International events, POP Bottles and Mahika Mahikeng. The coverage of these shows was inspired by the need to feature local artists who performed for international markets. We want to give them the exposure because for many years we did not have Batswana artists perform internationally.


When we film these events our presenters ask international artists critical questions like if they know Botswana artists, why they don’t feature or collaborate with Botswana artists after such a long time preforming in Botswana. We in talks with Durban Tourism to invite some local artists next year to perform in Durban international events,” says Sebina.


Botswana Television are the executive producers of the new Pula Power. “We at BTV saw a need to bring back Pula Power show because without a doubt the show has proven to be popular and in demand especially among the youth. It is a viewers’ puller and we wanted to support and grow local content within the national broadcaster, which is our main mandate,” said Solly Nageng, BTV Programs Director. In March this year Pula Power held auditions for presenters and more than 500 young Batswana showed up. In the end 10 successful candidates were selected for the new season 2.

THE EXPANSION

Pula Power producer, Sebina said they hope to expand the show in 2018 and one of the new ideas and plan is to host the Pula Power Music Videos Awards, which will act as a platform to appreciate the art behind the production of music videos which is the tool to market and expose artists. The producers will also embark on a Pula Power Country Tour nationwide tour nurture talent in all the districts across the country.  Sebina said the tour will enable artists in villages to perform and showcase their talent.


The Producer said they are working hard to acquire sponsors who will be interested to partner for this initiatives. “Pula Power has more than 50 000 followers on Facebook and this TV program could be a great visual tool to grow Botswana music and art industry and it’s a way of capturing and preserving our music and art history for the future generation,” said Sebina.

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