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Next Best DJ Academy unveils new faces behind the decks

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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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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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