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Masa Fashion Show gives upcoming fashion designers much-needed platform

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The Masa Hotel held a press briefing for the Masa Fashion Show at the hotel this past Saturday. In the past few months, the fashion show campaign has been underway with a Fashion Mentorship Program, which was conceptualised to provide a platform for up coming members of the Botswana fashion industry. According to Masa Hotel Sales and marketing manager Neo Nketle, the programme was officially launched in February this year. “It is the first of its kind in Botswana to be hosted by a hotel. 12 more seasoned designers from the local industry are mentoring a total of 12 budding fashion designers.

This comes following 4 consecutive years of the Masa Fashion Show held to great acclaim, and with an increasingly strong attendance and revere from Batswana,” she said. Nketle further said that they launched the Masa Fashion Show campaign under the theme: ‘Working Together to Build Botswana’s Creative Industry.’ “Since our launch in March, the mentees have been hard at work designing their exclusive collections for the Masa Fashion Show. And these collections will be debuted on the runway at this year’s Masa Fashion Show,” she noted. The MSH Fashion Mentorship Program mentors are:

• Lame Chilume of Switch Couture BW • Mummy Molapo of Fetish Culture

• Tlamo Mosinyi of Bondphill

• Kaone Moremong of House of Kay • Lesedi Matlapeng of Kefseddy Designs

• Natasha Selelo of Tasha Creationz

• Dikatso Motlapele & Anita Molosiwa of Eccentric Style Loft

• Candida & Wedu Montsho of DihDah

• Thabiso Dibeela of Thabie D Originals

• Tankiso Mathware of Priestly

• Botho Chalebgwa of Botocy

• Delayna Scott of Delayna Scott designs

The lucky 12 mentees chosen to participate in the inaugural MSH Fashion Mentorship Program are:

• Boikanyo Molale

• Thabiso Makwate

• Katlego Moatshe

• Pamela Ntshwarang

• Lerang Keabile

• Gomotsegang Dipuo

• Tshepiso Abdulla

• Ratanang Morontshe

• Seatla Khutlo

• Katlego Sengate

• Temo Mpudi • Mp

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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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