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Trinity Church Choir hosts Charity Dinner Concert

Ernest Moloi

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Trinity Church Choir is upping the ante this Saturday September 1, 2018 when it hosts its fabled Charity Dinner Concert at Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Centre from 7PM until late.

Choir Conductor, Dr Tefo Bubi, a self-taught product of the church, who grew up in a family of music and learnt from diverse church elders as well as drunk from the fountain of wisdom of Mma (Denise) Gaboutlweloe’s calibre, tells Sun Vibe that this year’s concert is “one of a kind”. Making a return after last year’s hiatus occasioned by celebration of the church’s golden jubilee, this year’s edition promises to break new grounds with a little something that’s never been done in all the five Synods of United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA).
Accompanied by Oarabile Bafitlhile of the famed Btv’s Saturday programme, Melodi ya Dinoto also a Music Director and Choir Master at Sedibeng church choir in Molepolole, Dr. Bubi waxed lyrical about the planned Saturday’s music and food affair, whose ticket are already on sale.

It is a total deviation from the last three editions, not only musically, but also in arrangement. Patrons can brace for a night of beautiful UCCSA songs selected from the Church’s Hymn Book, ‘Dihela’. Normally, these hymns are sung without any accompaniment, but this year Dr. Bubi says they’ve picked 15 songs and orchestrated them. “It’s the first project ever done, not even South Africa has done it. We are the first to do it in UCCSA space,” he enthused. The orchestra is two-fold. Even as they want songs sung properly, the aim is also to cultivate the ground so that eventually Botswana can have an Orchestra of its own.

The Church Choir has enlisted some teachers and exceptional students who can do music from random schools around Gaborone to be part of the 24 member Orchestra, which will join the 50-member Trinity Church Choir on stage. Dr. Bubi says friends from South Africa have also been invited to join the Orchestra. To cap it all, on the 15th of September, the Church Choir will do a live recording of all the hymns that were performed during the dinner concert in a one-in-a lifetime church service at Trinity Church in Gaborone’s Main Mall. Thereafter these will be cut into CDs and DVDs. Proceeds from the dinner concert go towards helping the less privileged in society, this being one of the church’s central role – to show compassion and altruism alongside winning souls to the Lord.

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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

Irene Shone

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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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