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MMP Family set to sweep stakes at 2nd YAMA’s



The winners of the second edition of the Yarona FM Music awards (YAMA’s) will be unveiled this Saturday at the GICC.

The awards seek to recognise excelling artists whose music set the airwaves on fire this year, and reward them for their hard work. Having set the bar very high in the first year, and scoring a number of achievements, one can only look forward to a dazzling night that will be reminiscent of Hollywood right here in Gaborone.

From performances on the night, mostly local, as well as the artists coming out dressed in their best Christmas attires, the second edition has a lot in store for those who will make it to GICC on Saturday evening. Something worth noting, and that has had everyone on the edge of their seats is whether the darling boys of Kwaito, MMP will emerge victorious in the category of Song of the Year.

It is something unheard of, to find a group that has two songs competing against each other. MMP Family comprises of members Mothusi Jackalas (P-les), Tebogo Baipidi (Mzicho) and Modiri Nage (M.O.D). Two of their singles from their second album titled Lesson 1, namely Mogolo lapeng & Lebala ka nna are up against Kopisa by Gaone.

The fact that they have two songs in this category already gives them an edge over Gaone, and they might possibly walk away with this award. The trio also has another nomination in the Best Kwaito Single for their single, Lebala Ka nna, alongside Amandados with Attention, Eskimos with Cecilia featuring (Jujuboy) and Franix with They can say.

Another hotly contested category is the Artist of the Year Award. This category sees crème de la crème of Botswana’s music battling it out for the honours. Nominees in the category include La Timmy, ATI, Gaone, MMP Family, DJ Kuchi, Eskimos as well as Dr Tawanda, and one thing is for sure, whoever the public picks through the public voting lines will be worthy of that award.

Other nominees on the night who might possibly walk away with awards include Gaone and ATI. ATI also has another nomination in the category Best Single Male for his single Kaching, alongside Kast with Jealous, Epic with Respect Boi, and Chrome with No track ya summer.

Gaone, a newcomer who promises to givew other artists a run for their money also has another nomination in the category for Best Dance Female, with artists that include Chef Gustos with Come, DJ Anthem with Keresiya and DJ Gouveia with Ambuye.

The Kopisa hit maker also has another nomination in the category of Best Newcomer alongside newcomers that include Chef Gustos, Licky and Romeo Stunner.

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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



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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