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MTN Joyous 22 …What a night!

Yvonne Mooka

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True to their word, the Life changing concert by MTN Joyous Celebration was a world-class performance with mesmerizing sounds and mind-blowing production. The popular South African ensemble was in Gaborone last Saturday for their ‘Joyous 22’ tour, organised by Brave Heart.

University of Botswana Sports Arena was packed to the rafters as multitudes had across the country and from the neighbouring Namibia and Zimbabwe. Perhaps other than the magnificently beautiful venue, Brave Heart should be commended for their impressive sound system, which did not disappoint throughout the show. Umoya Kulendawo, the people’s favourite and the group’s first single, was received with massive applauses and praises. Modimo ke Lerato, the second single, was also a hit. Joyous Celebration still has the magic that connected them to their fans when they started more than a decade ago.

Jehovah, Bazovuma, Uyaphendula, Busa, Bambelela, Atawale, ZuliphateKahle, Uyinqaba, just to mention a few, are a true testament of the distinct Joyous flavour that has made the ensemble the household name it has become.

All the artists delivered excellence. Lindelani Mkhize and Mthunzi Namba were there, with the former directing the group and Namba doing what he does best with his anointed voice. Another highlight was the performance by Tshepo Nkadimeng, talented artist from Polokwane who lost he’s eyesight at the tender age of 7.

He knows how to own the stage and command attention. Joyous Celebration made spiritual and emotional connections with the audiences through every performance, with equal parts laughter and tears. With their modern spin on traditional hymns, this larger-than-life group has been a revolving platform for fresh talent since 1996.

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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

Tshepo Kehemile

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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