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Tswello drops latest single

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Tswelelo Gaboitsiwe, who goes by the stage name Tswello (#The Rose of Palapye) has dropped a new house song titled, Let me Love. The song features Palapye based artist Lizkid, and was produced by Smiz and Afrokay. The song has infectious beats, an upbeat vibe and catchy lyrics. It talks about the love for a certain woman and makes a promise to marry her.

He has been quiet for a while, but Tswello is back and promises to drop another single and an album later this year. He says that his subsequent single Maphakela, produced by Sammy Winston of Flight Machine Studios, will be out end of September. In an interview, Tswello explained that he had to take a break from music at some point to focus on his studies and hustle.

His latest re-emergence was a feature in a song on ATI’s recently released Envelope album. Tswello explained to Vibe that the song, Buffering, was inspired by the trials and tribulations artists face in the music industry. “We wanted to give hope to the optimistic; to remind them that they can achieve anything that they put their mind to if they believe, and remain focused on their goals,” he said.

He added that while the message is profound, it was equally important to ensure that the beat is energetic and upbeat. Tswello further said that the song was recorded almost two years ago but ATI kept it for his album. It was when he invited ATI to perform at his birthday party at Hunter’s Inn pub in Palapye, did they finally talk about the track.

“He asked me if he could include it in the album and I agreed.” Tswello’s journey in the music industry started in 2007, when he was a student at the University of Botswana. He hooked up with a few guys and started a hip-hop club. It was during this time that he met the likes of ATI. He later joined forces with BK Proctor of Basement Records, who helped him release his first album, Ke Tswello, an introductory offering with ten tracks. The rapper is currently based in Palapye but remains active in the entertainment industry.

“I work closely with Hunter’s Inn pub and put together their entertainment gigs. I organise many shows where we bring artists from Gabs here,” he said. Music is not his only terrain as he is also working on a clothing line that will have merchandise such as T-shirts and hoodies, to be released next month. He said that it is called OSTRICH, an acronym for Overcome Struggle to get Rich.

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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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