Friday, 18 March 2016

"SHOKO" a gender based violence campaign song #1BillionRises

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Chobe artists have come together to record a song to commemorate the upcoming One Billion Rising campaign against gender based violence scheduled for Saturday (March 5).
The song titled Shoko is a fusion of five languages namely: Sesubiya, Hambukushu, Setswana, English and Seyei. One of the song composers, Onalethuso Ntema explained that the song is a call for action against gender-based violence narrating Shoko’s story through the song.
“The lyrics goes; Na shweena ku torokanya in Hambukushu meaning I don’t want to be hurt, vantu ve Ireeza vonse mwi’kanda yeetu in Subiya meaning People of God let’s all stand,” he said.
Artists from different backgrounds across the district collaborated to produce the hit song. It is envisaged that the song will be performed at the One Billion Rising event in languages that residents can relate with.
He explained that campaigns against gender based violence need a lot of platforms to get the message across including through song and dance.  “This was our way of playing a role in giving back to the community,” he added.
This year’s campaign is billed to be bigger as more towns have joined in to commemorate this day.  Ghanzi district, Palapye, Moshupa have also since joined to commemorate the day this year. In Chobe the event is scheduled to take place in Kazungula through songs, motivational talks, poems and dance.
One Billion Rising revolution is a mass action campaign to end violence against women across the world. Global statistics indicate that one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
This number translates to one billion women, hence the concept behind the name of the campaign. Botswana joined for the first time last year with a debut in Kasane.
Community leaders, government departments, political leaders, business people, young people, religious leaders, men and women from across the district are expected to participate in the event.
As it stands, gender based violence in Kasane is worrying according to acting station commander for Kasane assistant superintendent Dipheko Letamo. “From January to date, we have recorded 18 cases of common assault and an additional 9 cases of assault occasioning actual bodily harm,” he said.
For the whole of last year, Kasane recorded 32 incidents of assault occasioning actual bodily harm with an additional 71 cases of common assault.
Considering that these statistics represents Kasane only and not the whole district, Letamo said this was alarming. “Some of the cases are never reported, so these figures are likely to be much higher with some cases getting withdrawn,” he noted.
Botswana’s statistics show that 2 out of 3 women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime, which is higher than the average global figures, ENDS
Source : BOPA
Author : Ludo Chube
Location : KASANE
Event : Album preview
Date : Mar 03 Thu,2016


2. Ntema - Mambo & the Nature Voices
3. Keitumetse Mogwera & Osego Arabang - Chobe ARTS Association.
4. Kabozu Kabozu - Poet.
5. Sandy Bw
6. Raymond Manasseh - MATSO INTERNATIONAL ARTS TROUPE cc. Matsosangwao Arts Troupe.
Special thanks to Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization (CAAO)
Shoko! Nyeyi wa kutena,
Mounga wani tjuru
Wenu kwa ngure,
Ame na shweena ku torokanya
Shoko! Na shweena ku torokanya
Shoko! Kani suni ku kuvazwa
Ni siye ku boraa barwakazi, nji wa rumbwana, nji wapundi,
Sheetu ku ko ldiro, yime ndi muqahu
Ireeza fumo wangu, Shikati’anga undi mwani,
Uldivu ldetu, ndi qhuku hweta na nyina…
Chorus: Shoko! Kani suni ku kuvazwa
Shoko! Gake bate go ronkgelwa
Sandy Ndereki – SANDY BW
Muva siye, vaana vetu
Muva siye, vaana vetu
Hey hey hey hey hey! Muva siye unwe (hey!)
Njiva nyinetu! Kana avo Ikova lye chichava,
(Tata!) Kamu siye ku kava vammayo…
Chorus: Shoko! Na shweena ku torokanya
Shoko! Kani suni ku kuvazwa
Kabozu Petros Kabozu (Poetry)
Listen to the voices of innocent victims,
Mulyi suko waavo chilyiro,
Mu laalyiro waavo mavote,
They suffer physically and emotional trauma,
Yes! I’m rising because I want to STOP Gender Based Violence…
Chorus: Shoko! Kani suni ku kuvazwa
Shoko! Gake bate go ronkgelwa
Keitumetse Mogwera & Osego Arabang – CHOBE ARTS ASSOCiATiON, CAAO
At times I just wonder what is the agenda of this gender based violence?
Do you really know how it feels to be abused?
Let’s us ALL stand up and be against this,
Let’s ALL rise and be UNiTED…
Nna kenale modisa, modisa ya disang ka lentswe,
Ke a go kopa Ramasedi, Kgosi ya dikgosi leba kwano,
Batho ba sota basadi gammogo le ban aba bone,
Ba gataka ditshwanelo tsa bone ba itira diphoko mo lapeng,
Nna ruri gakena thata, boikarabelo ke nna le wena,
Go emisa kgokgontsho ya bomme le bana bone,
Kwee ke eng le ‘ira yaana, eish!
Shoko! Kani suni ku kuvazwa
Gake bate go ronkgelwa…
Pansiye mpapa lyiko mawee manyando…
Vantu ve Ireeza vonse mu ikanda yeetu,
Tu zime tu vonse…
Shoko! Na shweena ku torokanya
Kani suni ku kuvazwa
Gake bate go ronkgelwa…
(c)2016 - A US Embassy, Gender Affairs Department and the Chobe District collaboration
: Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization (CAAO)
Released by: Happy (Zambia)
Release date: 4 March 2016
Listen, Download & Share: "Shoko!"

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