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Charma Gal unveils tombstones for late dancers

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Francistown’s only female promoter, Mable Mahula says that proceeds from Charma Gal’s album launch on Friday will go towards erecting tombstones for the popular artist’s dancers who perished in a fatal car accident a year ago. Speaking to VIBE in the middle of preparations for Charma’s Mmokolodi launch at Francistown Old Stadium, Mahula, whose relationship with Charma Gal goes back to her days as a member of Culture Spears, noted that the dancers need to be honoured as they entertained many people.

Mahula is not new in the local and international music scenes, as she has in the past years booked Zimbabwean heavyweights in the likes of the late Tongai Moyo, veteran guitarist Aleck Macheso and many others. She is also known for organising big festivals. She also said that as a businesswoman with a passion for the entertainment sector, she realised that the industry was viable a long time ago.

She started off by selling liquor during big festivals and later moved to organising gigs. Meanwhile, Charma Gal, who is still travelling the breath of the country to launch her brand new album Mmokolodi, said that the show would be a good gesture and honour to her late dancers as they have had an exciting career with her. Residents of Francistown and surrounding areas will be treated to a fun filled album launch concert by Charma Gal.

The proceeds of the show will assist complete Monarch Customary court shelter. Mahule, who is also the promoter of the show and Monarch customary court president Gunny Moses revealed that Charma Gal’s launch came at the right time as they needed cash to complete the shelter. Moses said that when he arrived at the Kgotla some years ago, he had a headache of roofing the shelter whose thatched roof was torched down by some criminal elements within the locality. He further said that he had welcomed the gesture with open arms.

“When the promoter sold me the idea and revealed that Charma Gal was behind us and was willing to assist our community, I was quite excited,” he said. He noted that he had ensured that the gig materialises although it was short notice. Mahula is also on cloud nine but her bone of contention lies in the fact that their advertising banners for the show are frequently torn down and they are forced to replace them time and again.

Apart from this, everything is going well, she noted. When reached for comment, Charma Gal said that she was excited about the upcoming show and the development. “I am happy that I will be performing in Francistown on Friday because it will be the first time that I launch Mmokolodi in the north of the country,” she said.

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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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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

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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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