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Bang! Gae drops True B-dub Stories Volume 2

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The tagline ‘BaengGaelzreal!’ is familiar to most people who enjoy local music. After all the music stable Bang! Gae is home to some of the most talented artists in the urban music sphere. On Independence Day the label released the True B-dub Stories Volume 2. The three-hour long album boasts about 40 songs that resonate with most Batswana and speak of real life experiences that many can identify with.

This offering is a follow up to True B-dub Stories Volume One, launched around the same time last year. In an interview with Vibe, one of the labels lead artists, Young Black, explained that the offering is a special compilation aimed at showing off the versatility of music culture in Botswana and the scope of talent that their artists have. “We wanted to express our thoughts through six genres that include hip hop, kwaito, kwasa kwasa, soul and others.

He further noted that they had roped in other artists who are not part of their music stable such as Apollo Diablo, ATI, Chub Heightz, Priest, Louisa April and Lord Rico. He said that they all brought their unique touch to the offering, which gave it a unique sound. Young Black further said that they had engaged DJs such as Black Passor and DJ Bobzin. “We also worked with talented producers and lyricists such as Francois, Nephew, Taco, who is behind the hit song Naomi by Ban T,” he said.

He added that they had also brought on board gifted upcoming producers such as Mize and Big Duce. When quizzed on how they made money since this offering is free, Young Black noted that it is now common knowledge that artists make money through stage shows and endorsements. “We therefore want to start hosting our own shows and make money from them. We also want to seek sponsorship or endorsement deals from corporate companies. We are here, they can engage us,” he said. True B-dub Stories Volume 2 can be streamed on You Tube, Audio Mac and Sound Cloud.

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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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