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MMP Family own the YAMAs



The 2nd edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs) arrived on the set date of 12 December in a night filled with an air of aura coupled with the thrill and anticipation of awarding this year’s winners.

The wait was as torturous for the nominees as it was for the member of the public who attended in large numbers, gracefully clothed in their most alluring outfits to be part of history.

For the youth radio station, this was a celebration for local stars. First to taste the smell of stardom was the MMP Family, began their musical journey in 2010. Fast-forward to 2015, MMP Family comfortably placed themselves as the champions of the local music industry after walking away with three awards at this year’s YAMAs.

MMP Family scooped awards in the prestigious categories of Carling Blue Label People’s Choice Artist of the Year‬; the Mascom Song of the Year‬ for the track Lebala ka Nna and are this year’s Best Kwaito artists. When receiving their awards, the keyed up family revealed how they had not expected such blessings.

“We came prepared with speeches for the awards last year, but we left with none, however this year we had no expectations but our good God is at work.”  Under their belt, the trio made up of Modiri ‘M.O.D.’ Nage, Tebogo ‘Nzico’ Baipedi and Mothusi ‘Ples’ Jackalas, was also awarded P10 000 prize money courtesy of First National Bank.

The Best Female and Newcomer award was won by Licky who also attributed her success to the Almighty. Upon receiving the award and P10 000 from FNB, the songstress was more than delighted to give thanks to God and her family who drew to the stage to every award she was bestowed with. “First Single, first Nomination and first award; this is what happens when you pray,” she said.

Chrome refused to be left behind, also walking away with an award for Orange Best Collabo for his song ‘No track ya summer’. The same song also pronounced him Best Male for the year 2015.

More YAMAs 2.0 Winners:
Producer Of The Year‬ – Bang Gae
‎Best Hiphop DJ‬ – DJ Root
Best House DJ‬ – Tman
‎Best Hiphop_Motswako‬ – B Blok – Top Shambole
Mascom Social Media Award‬ – DJ Izzy
‎Best Dance‬ – Gaone – Kopisa
BOCRA Yarona FM_Icon Award‬ – Percy Raditladi
YAMA_Hall Of Fame Award‬ – Sidney Baitsile

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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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