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Mokoto Festival grows in leaps and bounds



Mokoto wa Lesoso Cultural Festival held this past weekend in Shoshong attracted over 400 revellers.
This is a significant growth when one considers that they brought together only 200 people last year when they launched.
Mokoto Wa Lesoso was first started by a young group of Shoshong youth, under their social club dubbed, Makgobokane. The Makgobokane social club was formed as an organisation aimed at helping the underprivileged and giving back to the communities of the Shoshong village and its proximities.
To diversify on their mandate, the social club then looked back into their village, on what they can do to promote culture, bringing people together to embrace their culture as the Bangwato of Shoshong.

The idea of cultural preservation was then benchmarked from one of the biggest annual festivities in the Bakwena village, the Dithubaruba in Molepolole.
Chairman of the Makgobokane Social Club, Edwin Lesole told Vibe that they realised that as one of the much-loved dishes in the Bangwato area is the Mokoto, then started the Mokoto wa Lesoso in Shoshong.

Lesole noted that the event had attracted people from as far as Urban cities to celebrate this cultural event and were treated to the traditional mouth-watering dishes, such as bogobe jwa lerotse, seswaa, phane, morogo wa dinanwa amongst others.

The traditional brew, khadi was also served. From the music part, a local kwaito kwasa artist born and bred in Shoshong, Swagger Lady kept the guests hooked to her energetic kwasa moves with her six crew dancers, as well as the local choirs on the scene.

“This event helps us to raise funds and work with social workers and identify the needy around the area and see how we can assist them. We had previously decided to build a house for one beneficiary in Motlhabaneng, unfortunately the beneficiary then passed on, but we then completed the structure and hand over to the deceased’ child.”

Lesole lamented that finance remains a major challenge in hosting the event but because they do not want to let the Mokoto fest lovers down, he had to make sure that he makes it a success. “I had to spend about P20,000 from my pocket to make this event happen. I had to make sure that I find money to make the event a success.

We approached Barclays and Choppies amongst other stakeholders, Choppies only availed their Shoshong branch manager to be a speaker, but availed nothing in terms of money or food items,” he said.

When the Makgobokane association started it had about 500 members from the youth of Shoshong and evrery year members renew their membership by P100 and P10 as monthly subscriptions, and now those who renewed their membership had dropped in numbers. The social club then uses the membership subscriptions to find something that they can give back to the community.

According to Lesole, they had printed limit of 200 tickets and they were sold out, and people had to pay at the gate and the number even doubled to 400 and more. He added that the merchandise was also sold out, as compared to the previous year where a bulk of the merchandise did not sell.

To end the formalities of the day just before dusk, men were gathered at the kgotla to be served with the Mokoto. This meat is only served to men and is not to be eaten by women. As for the night crawlers, the event’s after party was moved to a farm outside the village to continue with the fun.

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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

Irene Shone



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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