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Clap Your Hands bash honour loyal patrons

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The 5th annual Clap Your Hands music festival slated for Christmas Eve at the Majestic Five Hotel in Palapye, will this year blast off under the theme, Kings and Queens.

The theme is meant to celebrate and acknowledge their loyal fans that have been supporting the event since day one by not only appreciating them but also according them royal treatment. A new addition for this year’s festival is a workshop for local DJs by Flambouyant Entertainment.

The workshop will be conducted by an internationally renowned DJ who will train and orientate the DJs on the general principles and conduct of a DJ.
According to Flambouyant Entertainment Public Relations Officer Tshimologo Bonang, the workshop will guide and enhance local DJs’ performances and their conduct in general.

Alnother first for the festival is that local artists will have the services of local choreographers at their disposal so that they perfect their performances. This will help the artists to carry forward these skills in their careers beyond the show.

To celebrate the five year milestone Flambouyant Entertainment has lined up power acts like Dr. Malinga who has been making waves this year. His popular song O teng dominates airwaves to this day. The South African acts also include Professor, DJ Dimplez, Mr. Styles and Prince Kaybee.

Rappers dominate local acts with MMP Family, Sasa Klaas, Drama Boi and for a jive feel Gaone of the popular Kalanga song Kopisa, among many others.Security, sound, stage and lighting will be on-point and there will be no technical glitches, promised the organisers. Tickets, accommodation packages and the event’s merchandise are available on request. The merchandise includes t-shirts, bucket hats and caps.

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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

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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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