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JAZZ SINGER "SHANTI LO" TO TRAVEL WITH REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA DELEGATION TO USA IN JULY 2013
Botswana Coordinator – International Men’s Day
GABORONE, BOTSWANA – 26 JUNE 2013 – He has dazzled audiences with his musical artistry in Stockholm, Sweden and at the Grahamstown Festival in South Africa. He has shared the stage with highly esteemed artists who include South African songbird Zahara and Swedish jazz singer Anna Christofferson. He is jazz singer “Shanti Lo”, born Tumedso Kagisto Loeto to Clifford Loeto and Mpho Loeto, a gospel singer. On 27 July 2013, Shanti Lo will arrive in the United States along with other members of the delegation from the Republic of Botswana which is headed up by Ms. Geneuvive Twala, the Botswana Coordinator for International Men's Day (https://sites.google.com/a/imd-global.org/international-mens-day); architect of the 2012-2022 International Men's Day Ten Year Plan -- which has been adopted by the United States; Founder and Corporate Partnership and Strategy Head of "One Moment, One Action for Youth Association”; and Marketing, Advertising, and Services Manager at Standard Chartered Bank Botswana (http://www.standardchartered.com/bw ).
Shanti Lo has been performing since the age of 9 when he was a member of the Watoto Band which was a collective of Batswana and South African musicians which was organized by his parents. Shanti Lo's musical recording career spans approximately 13 years. He landed a two year recording contract with Stona Records in 2000 which gave birth to the album, “Koi”, and consisted of a mixture of the local brand of Kwaito. In 2005, the self-titled album, “Shanti Lo” was released by So Hype Records in 2005 which included the hit “Boloi” and Ditshwanelo” which was included in the soundtrack of the film based on Alexander McCall-Smith's “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series of novels. A heavy influence of mbaqanga and maskandi beats and melody fused with strong Tswana lyrics are featured on “Ditshwanelo”. Shanti Lo's most recent released recording, “LERATO” was produced by world renowned guitarist John Blackie Selolwane, the lead guitarist for 28 years to internationally acclaimed South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and in American musician Paul Simon's Graceland Tour. When he is not performing, Shanti Lo is conducting music workshops. Currently, Shanti Lo is the music coach for boys and young men who are members of the Botswana Men of Tomorrow Rites of Passage ™ Mentoring Program.
During their stay in Washington, D.C. which will end on 2 August 2013, members of the Republic of Botswana delegation will visit historic museums and landmarks; attend a mentoring workshop; and meet with several of their American partners with whom they are collaborating on mentoring and literacy initiatives.
Under Ms. Twala’s leadership, the Botswana Men of Tomorrow Rites of Passage ™ Mentoring Program was launched on 19 November 2012 – International Men’s Day. The mentoring program was first established in the United States and launched on 19 November 2011 – 2011 International Men’s Day by the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church (www.ndec.net) in Richmond, Virginia in the United States in partnership with the former Virginia (USA) Regional Coordinator, Mrs. Odetta Wright. The mentoring program is facilitated in the United States by its Coordinator, Mr. Thomas Powell who works directly with Ms. Twala in implementing the mentoring program in Botswana. In May 2013, Mr. Powell became the Virginia (USA) Regional Coordinator for International Men’s Day.
Ms. Twala has also launched a multi-tiered Literacy Initiative in Botswana which includes a national writing competition that is designed not only to improve literacy throughout that nation but to also create a generation of accomplished authors. The building of a library in the Southern District of Botswana and a campaign for the donation of books to the library constitute the remaining tiers of the Literacy Initiative. Several of the components of the Literacy Initiative have found support in the United States. IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com), a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Journal – an American publication -- has agreed to publish the essays and poems penned by youth and children in Botswana who are participate in the national writing competition. Diane A. Sears, the Managing Editor of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® and the USA Coordinator for International Men’s Day has been selected to head up the “Books for Botswana’s Children Campaign” in the United States. Ms. Sears will be working with publishing companies and authors to facilitate the donation of children’s books to the library which is being built in the Southern District of Botswana.
Heralded by many as the “Next Great American City”, the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States, the City of Philadelphia is on the move. Real estate developers are transforming an area between Market and Chestnut Streets spanning from 11th to 12th Streets once considered the epicenter of Philadelphia into East Market, a towering and expansive structure which will be home to residential units, restaurants, retail outlets, and office space. Looking westward, a cluster of gleaming glass and steel skyscrapers which rise above the end of the Walnut Street Bridge and which appear to obfuscate the line of demarcation between the City of Philadelphia’s downtown business district, University City, and the neighborhoods surrounding Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania come into view .. These developments are helping to create excitement about Philadelphia. Despite the perceived “renewed prosperity” of Philadelphia’s downtown business district an…
The USA International Men’s Day Team has disclosed that Men’s Mental Health Advocate, arranger, music producer, songwriter and singer Mr. Greg Best will be featured as a speaker at the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys’ Teleconference on Sunday, 6 November 2016 beginning at 10:00 A.M. (E.D.T.). “Voices Of Our Fathers” is the theme for the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys’ Teleconference which leads up to the United States’ observance of 2016 International Men’s Day (www.imd-global.org) on Saturday, 19 November 2016. The general public is encouraged to join Mr. Best in the teleconference by dialing the following conference call number: 712-775-7031 and access code: 803 828. To register for the Third Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys Teleconference and to learn more about the event, please visit the following website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-annual-international-day-of-prayer-for-men-and-boys-nat…
On 19 November 2015, a panel discussion was held at the Student Activity Center at The University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago (in the Caribbean). It was spearheaded by an undergraduate female student, Ms. Michelle Roopnarine, and featured Dr. John Gedeon of the University's Office of Planning and Development; Ramia Coleman, the Chairman of the all-male Hall of Residence on campus; and Jonathan St. Louis-Nahous, the Guild of Students' Representative for Part-time and Evening Students. The panel successfully generated some interest and lively discussion among a cross-section of students on campus and across faculties. During the past five years, similar small scale observances have been held on campus. Despite this recognition many students and members of the public are still unaware of the existence of International Men’s Day.
From 1999, International Men’s Day was tailored and revamped to continue building the global Men’s Movement and promote an ideology that…