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Actress Ruth Moore performs in Zimbabwe play

Keletso Thobega

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LARGER THAN LIFE:The actress always gives her all

Vibrant veteran actress Ruth Moore will appear in an original Mandi Mash Production, a musical that will be staged at the Bulawayo State Theatre next month.

Moore has been travelling there for rehearsals and although she admits that it has been hectic, she says that she is excited. The production has a cast of eleven young Zimbabwean actors and actresses including well -known actors Arthur Evans, hip-hop artiste Calvin Nhiliziyo and award winning actress Qeqeshiwe Mntambo. Moore says that the play is based in the modern day times and touches on relationships among other issues.

“I am playing the role of the Aunt who is a vibrant modern aunty, who is always trying to giving life advice to her nieces and their friends.”Moore, who is known for her larger-than-life personality, is
also a singer and voice over artist.

She is synonymous with the Orange advert for Ditebogo, Yimeewee and other television adverts. She has been in many productions including Rebina Mmogo, No. 1 Ladies Detective, Botshelo Jo, and most recently, the most talked about new TV series on BTV called Colours.

The mother of one, a 22-year-old son Belton Moore, who is in university overseas, has a day job as a counsellor and medical dispatcher. However, acting is her first love. Moore says that she started acting as a young girl. “My acting journey started when I was a 16-year-old school girl.

I was approached by a group of young South African refugees to act in their stage play called Walk the Road. Before that I had done some drama at school and church but never dreamt of being an actress because when I was younger as I was shy.

Today nobody believes I was ever shy. After acting in my first play I fell in love with acting and never looked back.” Moore says that artists need passion and determination to survive in the arts industry. She advises upcoming artists to be strong and not let challenges derail them.

“Some people in the industry are not nice and they can frustrate you but believe in yourself and never give up. Patience pays and one day you will reap the fruits of your hard work.”
Moore says that she has a few projects lined up.

“I am working on a movie called Sparkle, which we have been filming since early this year. I am also working on a two-woman project that I plan to showcase at Maitisong next year. My co-actor will be my acting colleague Ithabeleng Letsunyane.

I also want to finish recording my album. I have already recorded three original songs with talented musician, music teacher and producer Calvin Kaluza. My other dream is to host a talk show.”

Moore has many fond memories of her acting career including being part of MEDU Art Ensemble where she worked with South African writer Mongane Serote, and acting alongside now president of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi in Baranodi Performing Arts Group in Jaanong Batswana Where Are We.

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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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