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SK Seshoboloko emerges winners of Kgatleng dikhwaere challenge

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Incentives meant to motivate them to do better

Scores of revellers flocked to Segale Primary School in Mochudi this past weekend for the much awaited Thootho Cultural Festival that saw several dikhwaere groups battle it out to emerge winners of the day challenge. The weather seemed to be in their favour and everyone was in a jubilant mood as they enjoyed the enticing talent on show on the day. But picking a winner was no walk in the park as each group seemingly came prepared to give their best and emerge winners on the day. After a field day of song and dance, SK Choboloko beat True Fighters, SK Dipitse, DK Dichaoka and SK Seshoboloko to become the winners of the day.

The group walked away with a cash prize of P2, 000, a trophy, certificate signed by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Development and DVDs of the event which they will sell to make good money. The second in line was True Fighters who pocketed P1500, a certificate and DVDs, followed by SK Dipitse who went home with P1000. Other winners were Jomo Ratsatsi of SK Seshoboloko who walked away with the best entertainer award followed by Ford Lebekwe (SK Dipitse) and Cornelius Kgotlhang (True Fighters). The tshwerre/phala winners were Monica Leagakang (SK Dipitse), Mokgethi Gare (SK Seshoboloko) and Boipelo Mogotsi (True Fighters) in first, second and third place, respectively.

The chief organiser of the festival, Jautse Nkwe, told Vibe that the focus was not on the prizes but rather on the talent that each group showcased. He expressed gratitude that the group members had not argued about money but appreciated the little that they had been awarded. “Mind you they spent a lot of money on transport to arrive at the venue, food and their uniform but they did not complain that they were given too little money because they were driven by passion. I am confident that many more opportunities await them from here,” he said.

Nkwe explained that the certificate would help them engage with sponsors and the DVD would help them make money and continue to market themselves. Nkwe also thanked everyone who had supported them, including a few corporate companies, community leaders, family and friends. “It shows me that they appreciate the initiative and understand what I am trying to do,” he said. Nkwe added that the aim of this festival is traditional form of song and dance to fight crime and create a leisure day for community members to relax and unwind. It also aims to give local performers a chance to showcase their talent to music lovers from the locality and nationally.

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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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