Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Zeus Rounds Off SA Circuit

Botswana's Channel O video awards nominee, Game 'Zeus' Bantsi rounds off his South Africa tour this week with media interviews in the neighbouring country as he continues his campaign to promote his music outside Botswana.

The Hip-Hop star returns home later in the week to feature in this weekend's Spring Explosion. Zeus performed at events in Pretoria on Wednesday and Johannesburg on Sunday. The award-winning musician is out to use his recent Channel O nomination, the fourth in his career, to broaden his external fan base.

He has been nominated for the prestigious Channel O Awards that are set for November 17 at the Walter Sisulu Square in Johannesburg.  Zeus, a 2011 Big Brother Africa (BBA) contestant, is in the running for the Most Gifted African: South video award courtesy of his song titled Dancing Shoes.

He is vying for the accolade alongside South Africa's HHP for his hit single, Bosso Ke Mang. But for now, Zeus will focus on promoting his music in the neighbouring country. The Hip-hop ace's manager, Tshepo 'Rox' Sikwane revealed that their promotional expedition was well on course.

"We are trying to keep him there more often. We need to get into the South African market because the Botswana market is quite small looking at the population." He said the nomination was heartening considering that it was Zeus' first Dance project.

Interestingly, the Dancing Shoes project was merely a pilot dance music venture for Botswana's Hip Hop pin up.

"This is an encouragement as we did a genre which was not known. As we look back, we do believe Zeus has done well for himself. It was a success and we look forward to the awards and hope Batswana will support him," he told Showbiz. Zeus, a one-time Channel O award winner, is the only Botswana nominee in the 14 categories at the ninth edition of the awards.

Since the inception of the awards, Batswana artists, Mista Doe, Acid, Scar and Zeus, have had the privilege of bringing home some awards for their respective music videos. Meanwhile, Zeus' collaboration with Malawi's Lomwe Double Wowza is getting airplay on Channel O. The duo have also released three radio singles while the whole project will be available for download on an upcoming Double Wowza website.

Lomwe says he is happy for Zeus' nomination and believes his associate deserves the recognition. To vote for Zeus send a text message of his code (11D) to +27839208406 or other social sites MXit and Facebook.

By Thato Kala / MmegiOnline

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