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Vee Mampeezy “blesses” his fans with Champion

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Botswana’s award-winning kwaito kwasa artist, Odirile ‘Vee Mampeezy’ Sento has released another album titled ‘Champion.’ This follows hot on the heels of his successful album ‘I do’, which was released last year in August and earned him a Metro award. The album, Champion, which was launched together with the video of the song of the same title last Thursday, is expected to hit the shelves in two weeks’ time.

The intimate launch gig was held in collaboration with Orange Botswana, which he is a brand ambassador of. Sento, affectionately known as Vee, spoke passionately of his music and stated that he never wants to release half cooked material. While some people thought it was too soon for him to drop a new offering, the pint-sized artist explained that he wanted to refine his work. « ‘I felt that ‘I do’ did not reflect the real me. I had to compromise on a lot of things because I didn’t work alone. In this album together, I worked with Trademark and Universal Music Group, who are both based in South Africa.

Locally, I worked with DJ Bino, DJ Kuchi, Suffocate, Lizibo and DJ Lou,” he said. Sento and his team started putting the ten-track album together in April this year. He noted that 2017 had been his busiest year. He said that he had worked on the Orange tour Botswana and Safe male circumcision campaign. ‘I hired a lodge for three weeks to a month, in order to work on the recording whilst also doing the country tours,’ he said.

Vee said that he wanted to reflect his true identity and his love for Jesus on this album. “This album is very much a street album, and it is more personal in the sense that, I worked alone on all songs so I could send a clear message of how I feel and what is currently happening in my life.” He further said that when he put the album together, he was under pressure from his new record label, the Trademark and Universal studios and he had to ensure that he gave his very best. ‘’They told me that if the whole album is boring they would rather release a single only.

They said no artist is going to change the rules of Universal ; I had to make sure that I produce a hit.  This video cost P250 000 and it is the most expensive video I have ever done. This is a risk I’m taking. I must show that I am an international artist through the standard of my work.  This is the best video to be ever produced in Africa not only in Botswana,’’ he said. For her part, Lepata Mafa- Orange Botswana Director of Legal and Corporate affairs, noted that Vee is a true ambassador of Orange Botswana.

‘We are honoured to have collaborated with the multi-award winning artist to launch his new video. His passion, commitment and busines acumen remain unmatched. He is a true testament that hardwork pays. We applaud him and continue to play a part in development of culture and music arts in Botswana. Vee is a true living legend and a true champion.’

Vee explained that he had named the album Champion because of his belief that everyone is a champion in his or her own right. “I wanted to encourage people to remember that, no matter what you do in life, as long as you are committed and show dedication, you are definitely a champion,” he said. Vee entered the local music industry with his first hit ‘Taku Taku’ back in early 2000s. He has since released 14 albums and Champion becomes the 15th one. Orange Botswana is passionate about his brand, his talent and the fact that he represents what a proudly Botswana brand can do when managed correctly. Mafa emphasised that Botswana is blessed with talent that has to be nurtured, celebrated and supported.

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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

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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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