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Vee backs Tlatsa Lebala

Publishing Date : 27 November, 2018

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

Local sensation, Odirile Sento aka Vee Mampeezy has thrown his weight behind Tlatsa Lebala, after its founder, Kast got a jabbing from Minister of Youth Empowerment Sports and Culture Empowerment, Thapelo Olopeng.


The annual event, which was a success in 2017, has been faced with criticism from various fronts, leading to challenges that hindered it to take place during the initially planned date. The event has been re-scheduled to December 1 at KCI2 Farms. Tlatsa Lebala is a campaign that aimed to grow and professionalise the music and arts industry in Botswana by initiating dialogue and action around the core topics in the sector. The campaign used various media platforms to spark dialogue, primarily social media.


In an Interview with WeekendLife, Vee Mampeezy explained that he is supporting Tlatsa Lebala because it is the only initiative that has a line-up only for local artists and bring together Batswana in one place. “Tlatsa Lebala is a strong initiative so people should focus on the event not the problem,” he explained. He highlighted that Minister Thapelo Olopeng is a father and that a father rebukes and disciplines with the intention to build and not to destroy.


The Local star said Batswana should refrain from criticising. “Batswana are always criticising. Once it was Nijel Amos, then Isaac Makwala and at some stage he himself was crushed. Everyone is being crushed,” he said. He further vowed his support for Tlatsa Lebala.
 “I respect and love you big brother at least you are not sitting down and doing nothing, at least you are not robbing a bank or selling drugs, you go out there and hustle for what you believe in and you must know I got your back. Ke motlatsi for life so 1st December I will be there Sir to support a young Motswana who decided to do something with his life. God bless your hustle KAST. Re a Tlatsa,” he said.


Prior to Vee Mampeezy re-affirming his support Kast, the latter was involved in a heated exchange of words with Minister Olopeng. Kast accused Olopeng of being a bully after the minister allegedly snubbed him in his efforts to solicit for ministry’s support.  Olopeng in response criticised Kast, labelling him a cry-baby. Not only did the minister lash out his show, the Kast says he is rather not amazed that the minister responded the way he did to him. “I wasn’t surprised. He is a person I know for utterly displaying uncalled for character. He is not a parent and he fails to interact with people in good faith,” he said.


The ‘sejabana,’ hitmaker says the minister has been sabotaging the event since day one leading to things not going well. Although scores of citizens on social media were criticising Kast for not bringing any noticeable impact about his campaign, the star seems to be upbeat about this year’s event. Meanwhile, a 100 per cent local line-up artistes for this year’s festival include heavyweights such as Franco, Vee Mampeezy, Charma Gal and others as well as many more upcoming artistes.

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