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Triple R makes a comeback

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Renowned traditional music and comedy group Triple R is back with a bang. Triple R, made of popular characters Rra Mozara, Rra Monyai and Rra Monyaku, endeared themselves to Batswana with their catchy music and rib cracking comedy short dramas. One member of the group, Rra Monyai has been busy in Klerksdorp, South Africa. He is the brain behind the traditional group, Kopano ke matla, which he worked closely with from its inception.

The group is currently promoting its development album Dinonyane, which was nominated in the South Africa Traditional Music Awards (SATMAs) in 2016 and 2017. The group took part in the Grahamstown Arts Festival in July earlier this year.

The group also has junior categories for children aged 7-10, those in the 13 and 16 age bracket and those who are above 16 years old. Rra Monyaku will travel with the group to Kuruman on September 5 this year and to Lesotho on September 10 where the group will perform at culture festivals. In an interview with Vibe, Rra Monyaku quashed rumours that Triple R had split. “We are still together.

We were just taking a break. We are now working on our new album,” he said. He said that the new album, to be released before the end of the year, would be accompanied by a DVD with their usual comedy skits, which he said are popular among many Batswana. On the 26th of August 21, 2017 the group will perform at the Sefalana customer day, while they will grace the Mahalapye Culture Day on September, 2, 2017. The group members are also spearheading the Tswapong Festival Unity Cup slated for December. “We wanted to give back to the community because there are a lot of people in need around the area. That is when we came together to conceptualise this festival,” the group members noted.

The festival has already received a boost from a sponsor named Unopa Mabangwa who has donated football kits. They said that they expect more people to come on board as time goes by. The festival will attract football teams from area villages such as Rasesa/Tumasera, Chadibe/Seleka, Ngwapha and Mosopha villages, among others. They stated that all proceeds – in the form of gate takings and pledges- would go towards underprivileged families identified in the region. They will also collect food, clothes and other items that people might want to give away.To get involved with Tswapong Festival Unity Cup or get more information, call 741 386 85.

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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

Tshepo Kehemile

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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