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Who Am I BW documentary launched to acclaim

Isaac Pheko



MAKING AN IMPACT: Miss Gee Kays with well-wishers Source:The Midweek Sun

he Who am I BW initiative is a one-stop centre for exploring talents in the arts. Just last week, renowned people gathered at Masa Capitol Cinema for the ‘Who am I’ documentary and website reveal.

It is all love in this documentary; the energetic young people express themselves in poetry and also confidently talk about their future career paths in the arts industry. It is evident that Who am I is a new place to mould not only the young people but everyone since it just aims at killing that fear factor but allow one to express themselves. The vigorous talented upcoming poets of Botswana, groomed at Who am I get all the attention during Who am I poetry sessions that take place every two months.

However, the documentary came not in a way that was initially planned. Founder of ‘Who am I’, Khumo Kgwaadira aka Miss Gee Kays shared the sentiments that the actual clip was recently stolen, hence they had to put together everything from scratch to make sure that the event goes on as planned.
Had she not said this, nobody would have guessed that the documentary was not the initial piece prepared. The clips were just overwhelming, showing the pure talent that young people of Botswana has and how Who am I is making a positive impact in the lives of youth.

Who am I is an initiative which questions everyone about their purpose in life. It strikes to motivate everyone, thereby building their self-confidence and self-esteem to know that they are unique and can do whatever they know they are capable of doing. Kgwaadira’s bold voice is motivational because she speaks from the heart. She shares that Who am I came to be after she endured bullying over her acne for many years.

Nonetheless, the question ‘Who I am?’ came about and she definitely knew her happiness should not depend on what people say about her but who she is. Through Who am I, Kgwaadira has been to different schools in Botswana to motivate students. In one of the clips, one student asks her: “Is it possible for one to have different jobs at a go”? She assures them that it is all about being happy at what you do and balancing the time.

Media industry leaders such as the RB2’s Sakaiyo Jane could not stop embracing Kgwaadira for the effort that she makes through Who am I. He described the bubbly personality as a fearless young woman who was determined and always put energy into whatever she does.

determined for success and always put energy to whatever she does. On the other hand, Music Legend, Solomon Bame Monyame better known as Solo B also encouraged young people to strive to fulfil their dreams and use the Who Am I statement as inspiration to ensure that they represent themselves well and understand their essence. He added that Who Am I was a beautiful project for the country’s future.

Who am I is also sustained by School tours and breakfast sessions, where people equally benefit a lot from. So far, countries such as Tanzania and South Africa have approached Who am I BW to come and host some of their sessions in their countries. Kgwaadira expressed gratitude to her friends and the corporate companies who were present at her documentary. “The support that I have received is amazing. It means a lot to me,” she said.

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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

Irene Shone



omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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