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Next Best DJ Academy unveils new faces behind the decks



Next Best DJ Academy recently held the Spring Music to prepare aspirant DJs for the world of entertainment, which coincided with the reveal of the top ten finalists of the Next Best DJ competition. Held under the theme, ‘Heels, Hats and Headphones’, the event attracted young women who are passionate about music and spinning the decks. But it wasn’t only about music as there were also empowering presentations. Otsile Nchingane spoke about financial management while Kelly Ramputswa, station manager at Yarona FM, who is also known as DJ Ms Kels, spoke about rising up the ranks in entertainment and how to get exposure. Entrepreneur and media personality DJ Tshepang Motsitsi, popularly known as DJ Izzy, inspired the participants when he made a presentation on how to stand out as an entertainer. To wrap up the talks was DJ Cupid who spoke about her journey in the entertainment industry and sharing pearls of wisdom on how to remain relevant. Next Best DJ Academy is a 100 percent and youth owned DJ school based in Gaborone. The school offers aspirant DJs with training, exposure, mentorship and management. The school aims to empower the next generation of leaders in the DJ industry and contribute towards professionalising the DJ industry in Botswana.


The prizes were as follows:

First prize – P10,000 cash and one year contract with Chez Nicolas that includes an allowance.

The second prize winner walked away with P5000, while the third place winner wiped her tears with P2500.


The top ten ladies who were revealed at the Spring Music Workshop are:


Boipelo Barai aka Princess B Amogelang Mophuting aka Fenex Girlie Mesho aka Lawless Kaelo Nkutlwisang aka Ms Voltz Keletso Kabomo aka Ms Daisy Agisanyang Ramphelang aka DJ Mimi Thabang Setshwarabanye aka DJ Thabzii Queen Mmusi aka Q Phillipine Mantante aka Nassa.

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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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