It’s the YAMAs this Weekend

  • SA actress Pearl Thusi to host alongside Yarona FM’s DJ Sway



Clocks are ticking in the countdown to the 8th Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs) that are slated for Saturday the 11 November 2023 at Molapo Showcase Piazza.

The youthful radio station’s Afternoon Drive Time presenter DJ Sway and South African actress and model Pearl Thusi will be the hosts of the proceedings on the night of the awards.

“Year after year, we make it a point to handpick high-flying personalities to grace our stage, and this year is no exception,” said Owen Rampha, the General Manager of Yarona FM, in a statement.

Remarkable contributions 

“DJ Sway’s remarkable contributions in radio, as a DJ, and in event hosting have earned him this well-deserved opportunity. Pearl Thusi, beloved by Batswana, is noted for her role as Patricia Kopong in the BBC/HBO comedy-drama series, ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.’

“We have full confidence that the experience this dynamic duo has amassed in hosting events of this magnitude, will see them deliver a spectacular and memorable performance on the awards night.”

Patrons can expect an electrifying energy on the stage that is guaranteed to leave the them craving for more. DJ Sway needs no introduction on the YAMAs stage, having previously co-hosted the 8th YAMAs launch and did an exceptional job.

Queen Sono 

Pearl Thusi, on the other hand, boasts a track record of hosting various award shows, television programmes on MTV Base, starring in the first African Netflix series (Queen Sono), and gracing international red carpets.

Rampha added: “We are excited to showcase the best of Botswana talent throughout the entire evening. The star-studded lineup includes exceptional live onstage performances by Priscilla K, Chef Gustos, Han C, Courtney, Rockafella, KX Legit, and Dynamic Duo Khoisan.

“Additionally, prepare to be enthralled by the unmissable performance of KTM Choir, who will be honouring a special invitation on the 8th YAMAs stage.”

Sought-after accolades 

The event will be broadcast on Ytv, Channel 291 on DStv, and will also be live-streamed. For the first time since 2019, the 8th YAMAs will feature a live, in-person audience, restoring the glitz and glamour that the YAMAs are known for.

These awards have solidified their position as the most prestigious and sought-after music accolades in Botswana. Under the theme “Drip Till Infinity,” the 8th YAMAs will showcase a multitude of categories, with each winner receiving a prestigious award and cash prize.

The awards are proudly sponsored by the Okavango Diamond Company (ODC) in collaboration with St. Louis Lager and will be amplified by Mascom Wireless, Taurus and Collections by BK Proctor.


P200 Standard – available across Webtickets outlets

P350 Golden Circle – available across Webtickets outlets

P1,500 VIP – available across Webtickets outlets

P5,000 – available at the Yarona FM Red Hot Building