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Stiger Sola’s sister drops 10th studio album

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Mayoress Mochankana, Stiger Sola’s sister who made headlines together with her guitarists brother in the 1990’s has returned to the music industry after a long hiatus from the industry with her tenth studio album simply titled Khanga Oyizere a Siyeyi dialect which is loosely translated as watch out or be careful. Produced by Bullet Ketshabile, the album will remind music lovers of the yesteryears when their hit Kachire and Moruti o tshwenya bana ba Phuthego which went to win them music awards locally and in the neighbouring South Africa where they became instant hits and celebrated musicians.

In 2001 Mochankana, who now goes by the Mocha’s queen, has collaborated with her son who was born and raised under a family which adores music. Khanga oyizere which is a hit in its own, is a story about a wicked old woman called Mmamwere who used to bewitch and kill men who were attracted to her beautiful daughter Mwere. The wicked mother would lure her daughter’s would be lovers before she cut off their manhood before roasting it in a large pot. On the other side of the village in the song, there lived another women who vowed to Mmamwere that her threes sons, Sexhakamemba, Motharamenze and Ogigiayakhemo were untouchables and hence Mmamwere should be careful with her luring tricks of castrating her daughter’s suitors.

The song is a song and a half as it carries rich Setswana lines which will surely be loved by the borankana movement since it was produced by Botswana,s best Borankana producer who worked withprominent local groups including Dikakapa, Shumba Ratshega in Makhirikhiri and many others. Matakushemuna is a song carrying a message about children who neglect their parents once they have struck gold in their lives as they forget where they came from.

She mocks such children and reminds them in song that the same dirty looking Matakushemuna brought you to this earth and made them what they have become in the eyes of the society. Other songs in the album include Sinjelele, Love is a dream, Bua le tshipi tsa gago and a tribute to her mum. The album is a must have for those who love songs with catchy and funny message.

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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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