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Multi-talented instrumentalist King Bisho switches to disco music

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Botswana disco maestro popularly known as King Bisho is a multi-talented instrumentalist who have tried his hand in stinkane, guitar, and marimba before learning how to play a keyboard.

Speaking to Vibe in a recent interview, the artist who hails from Goonku in Tloaneng revealed that the music bug hit him early in life as he went on to try his hands in many traditional instruments before switching to the keyboard which he said elevated him musically. “My love for disco then took over while I was still a student at St Joseph’s college,” he said. After completing his Cambridge, the artist enrolled at World of Music College in Gaborone where he sharpened his music skills with the aim of becoming one of the local celebrated artists.

In 2009, King Bisho dropped his first album which was tittled Iminyaka a Ndebele term that refers to years. He noted that the album did pretty well in the local market something which assisted him to get recognition from other musicians and instrumentalists alike. His sophomore album Bamphethe also did exceptionally well before he met former Splash producer, keyboardist and engineer Thando Zinto who recorded his latest album titled Hlabano.

The artist who doubles as a businessman in stock feed disclosed that he was inspired by South African disco legend Dan Tshanda who owns Dalom music who fan based is mostly in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe to follow disco music. Dalom music produced great artists including the late Don B, Mazolwane, Penwell Kunene, Joseph Tshimange (MTSRIP) as well as Patricia Majalisa, Dalom Kid, Slindile and Matshikos, among many others.

King Bisho strongly believes that this time around nothing is not going to stop him as his main aim is to revive the local disco music which is overshadowed by House genre. Produced at Bullet Music Production, Hlabano is a beautifully programmed album whose lyrics and vocals and backing vocals of the album makes it an album and a half.

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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