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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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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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