Friday, May 22, 2009
ODIRILE SENTO A.K.A VEE
MUSICIAN & SHREWD BUSINESSMAN
IN THREE WORDS, I AM...
Friendly, creative and persevering.
IF I’M FRIGHTENED
OF ANYTHING, IT’S...
Living against God’s teachings especially, The 10 Commandments.
IF I COULD TRAVEL BACK IN
TIME I’D SET THE DIALS FOR...
25 June 2007, the day my son, Elijah was born.
MY FAVOURITE PERSON
IN THE UNIVERSE IS...
MY LEAST FAVOURITE
PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE IS...
The Devil A.K.A Satan.
THE LAST TIME I LOOKED
IN THE MIRROR I THOUGHT...
You can still make it son.
IF I HAD TO LEAVE A BODY
PART TO SCIENCE, IT WOULD BE...
My brain as I strongly believe the upcoming generation could tap into some of my creative juices and thrive.
MY DEFINITION OF LOVE IS...
An unexplainable and boundless feeling.
THE LAST TIME I VOMITED,
IT WAS BECAUSE...
I was sick during one of my shows in Shoshong. I then went backstage and puked my innards out.
THE GREATEST LESSON
LIFE HAS TAUGHT ME IS...
To live by the Golden rule: Do unto Others as You Would Have Them Do unto You.
IF I KNEW THE WORLD WAS ENDING
TOMORROW, THEN TODAY I’D...
Run as fast as I can to church so as to sort out my place of abode in Jehovah’s house (Heaven).
THE SONG I WANT PLAYED
AT MY FUNERAL IS... “
Sefefo.” It’s a hot song from my new album dubbed “Everybady”.
I WANT MY TOMBSTONE TO READ...
Here lies Odirile “Vee” Sento-The Legend
IN PURELY MONETARY TERMS,
I AM WORTH ROUGHLY...
I’m beyond monetary value.
1). This pint-sized musician needs no introduction.
But for those of you who thrive on ignorance, this is Vee, Botswana’s most loved Kwaito- Kwasa sensation who has been riding the crest of the wave in music circles. Born in May 17, 1983, the Hukuntsi native is also proving to be enjoying success off stage as a father and an astute businessman with his own mineral water and condoms called Ma-vee-ta and La-Vee respectively.
He is also the Chief Executive Officer of his own record company, Black Money Makers (BMM). He revealed that owning his own record label was his first and main dream, before he developed all the other dreams. He explained that he always wanted to feel like he was contributing to the community by at least creating employment. The pint sized star said that Black Money Makers Company has always been there and it was the first label to ever sign him before Ramco Loco and Guffy Creations.
“My first album was released under Black Money Makers before I even moved on to Eric Ramco. The company made me who I am and it was always my dream to grow it into something big,” explained the diminutive Kwaito star-turned record label executive.
2). Sento explained that beating competition is quite difficult because there are a lot of companies that are already established.
He said that one therefore needs to be very strategic to succeed in the industry. “When you are new, you find companies that have already established themselves with very loyal fans, so the best thing for you to do as a new company is to be very strategic in your business endeavors.”
Sento said that business is going strong at the moment and it seems to be getting stronger with time.
“All of our artists have succeeded because the company is concentrating on a few artists. That is a big achievement that I feel very proud of.” Sento hopes to see the company at dazzling international heights.
“I want the company to grow globally and to sign artists from outside the country and to also sign some of our own artists outside Botswana.”
3). In a very rare deal in local circles, cell phone giants, Alcatel and Orange Botswana last year teamed up with Vee to release 2000 units of Vee branded Alcatel cell phones.
The cell phone promotion carries the colours of the rejuvenated Vee, who now goes by a military tag, Lieutenant General Vee.
The cell phone is military green and also has a Vee screen saver, and is loaded with ring tones from Vee’s previous music albums. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that the cell phones, which go for P249, come out with an exclusive Vee CD titled Party Animals.
The CD cannot be bought from any music shop, or heard on any Radio Station because it comes as part of the Vee pack package. Vee said his new six tracks CD is very special.
“They are limited copies, and their availability is tied to the cell phone, which means for my fans to have a taste of the album, they must get the Orange Alcatel phone”, said Vee, who added that the Alcatel cell phone is stuffed with more musical works associated with him.
4). The down-to-earth music star broke into local music circles in 2002 with his debut album dubbed “Lamalanga.”
In 2004, he unleashed a powerful album simply entitled “Kasi Angels” which had the nationally-acclaimed track “Taku-Taku” and since then, the young musician never looked back. After the roaring success of Kasi Angels, Vee in 2005 teamed up with renowned South African producer, Godfrey ‘Guffy’ Pilane and released a distratrous project titled “Ntja Mme.”
The deal which initially seemed lucrative failed dismally and the young man came back home in 2006 and under his own record label, BMM, released an album dubbed “Ditshipi Tsame.” A year later, he released another album titled “Kasiology” before tagging the military salutation to his name in 2008 when he released an album called “Stimela.”
He’s busy polishing his latest album titled “Everybady” which is slated for release soon.
Vee enjoys Macaroni Cheese with Mince Meat.