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Thobo Cultural Festival to rock Knockduff Festival

Keletso Thobega

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All roads lead to Lobatse plantation this Saturday for the annual Thobo Cultural Festival which is back with a bang after a break. The Thobo cultural festival is a celebration of diverse cultures.
According to one of the organisers Tshepo Thedi, the festival is an educational, fun and welcoming to celebrate each other’s culture in this globalised world we live in.

She further said that this year, Thobo Cultural festival has decided to broaden itself by involving other cultures like South Africa, Indian, Nigerian, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia and so forth. It is of importance that we involve other cultures in order to see their traditions, traditional clothes and their home foods. Thedi explained to Vibe that Thobo is a 100% citizen owned and driven initiative; Thobo Traditional Festival. “ The festival is a cultural initiative and is undertaken in a private capacity by a group of community in Lobatse, majority being the youth. And the event is based on giving back to the community, that is we are raising funds for the vulnerable children in Lobatse and the surrounding areas,” she said. She added that the festival started in the year 2015 and was registered as a Society on the 19th May 2016.

Thedi further noted that Thobo Cultural Festival is a multi –faceted cultural event whose objectives include, but are not limited to the promotion of indigenous culture, the celebration and promotion of local cuisine, trade in local foods and showcasing local talent, arts and crafts, in order to enhance the lives of local community.

“We also promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and self- help through trading with such commodities. We also raise funds for all the disadvantaged people like orphans, destitute and the disabled in Lobatse.”
*Tickets are already on sale at Webtickets. Visit Facebook page Thobo Cultural Festival for more updates.

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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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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

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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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