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Aggrieved BW artists approach Registry of Societies to nullify BOMU recent AGM and looming awards

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Aggrieved local artists have informed VIBE that they have served the Registrar of Societies with a letter demanding that the recent Annual General Meeting and elections for Botswana Musician Union (BOMU) be nullified, citing grave irregularities during the meeting. As if that was not enough, a letter which this reporter has in his possession also intend to have this year’s annual BOMU awards cancelled until BOMU cleans its house.

An artist representing the aggrieved artists revealed that according to the Registrar of Societies Act, BOMU made some grave mistakes which are against its constitution before the AGM. “Under normal circumstances, those who end up representing their regional chapters should be elected in a democratic setup of artists at their various regional chapters before they can be eligible to vote at the AGM.

It was never the case with the current AGM as the elected BOMU president Pagson Ntsie decided to connive with a few selected artists and managed to capture BOMU fraudulently,” the concerned artist explained. Information reaching this publication is that Ntsie used some artists to hand pick chapter committee members they know will dance to their tune during the elections, in the process side-lining genuinely elected chapter committees as a majority of them were denied entrance at the AGM. BOMU honorary member Alfredo Mosimanegape confirmed to VIBE that it was the first time to be denied entrance inside the AGM and he smelled a rat from henceforth.

VIBE can confidently state that the abnormality was first discovered in Francistown a week before the AGM where local artist, MC Maswe, who was the chairman of the elected Chapter committee, went behind artist’s backs and handpicked a temporary committee at the order of Ntsie. When it was discovered, Maswe then downplayed the whole issue, asked for forgiveness and promised to reverse the decision. When the committee was busy preparing for the Gaborone BOMU AGM, Maswe together with his illegal handpicked committee then secretly went to Gaborone and voted fraudulently in the absence of the elected committee.

Francistown BOMU chapter members who were elected by the northern artist last year was allegedly barred from entering the venue only for them to discover that the rot affected all the BOMU chapters across the country, hence artists believe that BOMU has been captured by some few selected individuals headed by Ntsie. The Francistown artist recently held a meeting during which they shared their disappointment at the way BOMU has been captured as they vowed to take the matter to a court of law in the event the Registrar of Societies does not heed to their complaints. Ntsie did not respond to allegations of a looming letter blocking his recently attained presidency status.

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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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