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MMP Family own the YAMAs

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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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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

Keletso Thobega

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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