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Voice of Angel Worshippers releases debut album

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A youth gospel group Voice Of Angel Worshippers (voAw) recently released their debut album, Moment of Reconciliation. The gospel album boasts 12 tracks that share the message of Christ and encourages people to get closer to God regardless of the pain they are experiencing.

The founder and leader of the group, Ke romilwe ke Modimo – real name Babogedi Binang, who was born and raised in Gantsi, explained to Vibe that all the songs were personally composed by team members except one,which they adopted from one of the legendary gospel singers Mpho Motlhasedi, titled, ‘Ka o kile wa nna motho’.

“We looked at the theme of the album and found the song to fit for a moment of reconciliation, but we modernised it to the current age,” he said. He also said that they only have one song in English and the rest are in our native languages; in Herero, Kalanga, Setswana and Shekgalagari. In Botswana we sing South African languages so voAw says we also can sing in our own languages provided the lyrical content of it is right,” he said.

Binang further said that they are inspired by the faith they have in God. The group, formed in 2012, has 13 members who worship at different churches. They are currently doing church tours to raise awareness about the album and also recruit potential individuals to be part of the group.

Binang shared that the group participated in the Presidential Competitions last year and clinched position one but were later disqualified. “We were disqualified because of a copyright infringement. There were certain lyrics that the team used that one singer in South Africa sang and the expectation was that they should have taken the concent from them whether to use the lyrics or not but the team was not aware if the song existed,” he said.

Despite this setback, the group persisted with what they know best. Binang said that the grant they received from the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development through the department of Arts and Culture, would help them take their music to more people. “They funded us to the tune of P20 000 that we used for recording and the duplications of the CD,” he said.

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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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