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A o a mmona Vee? Wa baa tsile!

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Hitmaker explains controversial song

He says that he is not fazed by the criticism

Vee Mampeezy made kwaito fashionable and brought pride to kasi life several years ago when he burst into the music scene with hits such as Pompa Tswidi and Taku Taku. Several years later, he has several awards under his belt, continental fame and money to show for his success. But when he shared that he had his rekindled relationship with God, he raised a storm of controversy, as critics could not fathom how kwaito culture and Christianity gelled.

The pint-sized artist has however insisted that God had sent him to spread His word through his music and as if to prove this, his hits songs such as No Suffer and Baba, among others, have a spiritual undertone. However, his latest single, Waa baa tsile has left music lovers boggled and attracted aspersions that he has now lost the plot because this Setswana phrase is often associated with irritation and resentment. Vee seems unfazed by the criticism as he explains the true meaning of the song in an exclusive interview.

 

His new song titled Waaba a tsile, has swam under criticism over the past few weeks on social media but Odirile Sento, better known as Vee Mampeezy, is quite unfazed. Interestingly, the single was warmly received at the Ten Up music concert held at Molapo Stanbic Piazza this past Friday when the pint-sized artist took to the stage. The crowd sang along the lyrics, which were bickered by foul and unfair sharing on Facebook.In a recent interview with Vibe, Vee explained that “Waaba a tsile” speaks about the presence of Jesus conveys blessings into his life and he is excited about Jesus coming into his life.

The Taku-taku hit maker threw a jab at the worrywarts, citing that some people always want to put down a great product and do not appreciate good work. “Most of the time people try their best to put down a good thing, all the song talks about is the goodness of the Lord,” he said confidently. He further said that a few people have tried to turn around the sound and put a very bad coat to it so that the song doesn’t sound well and now that the song is in receipt of splendid reception most are embarrassed.

“As you know my fans will always speak for me every show I attend they love the song and sing along to the lyrics and everyone who has tried to put down the song are ashamed. I don’t see any problem with the song, people always confess the goodness of the Lord, God has came into my life and my life has changed for good, we went to Serowe on Independence and Waaba a tsile was all the people were waiting for, this song is going to be even bigger because people now get a grip to the truthfulness of the lyrics,” he said. The kwaito-kwasa artist reassured us that he is not irked by the negative energy that floods his music career.

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KUX DROPS LEFATSHE LENO

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Hip-hop artist Kux has dropped a single dubbed Lefatshe leno, out of his latest EP titled That’s Me. The song is currently on high rotation on local radio stations and notable music platforms. In an interview with Vibe this week, Kuk said that he was pleased with the positive feedback to the song.

Born Kutlwano Kabelo Mokgatla in Selebi-Phikwe, 31-year-old Moshupa native, is also a composer and writer. He started his solo career in 1999. His first solo track, I Kicks It, was recorded by Young Sluggz and produced by Motswako Makaveli. He was still schooling in Johannesburg, South Africa then, and it was during this time that he got to interact with the likes of Zeus, KB and Samba T who he says are still some of his inspirations in the local music industry.

He recorded his second song Huskey with Loso and Lunatic in 2010. Lif Aman, produced by Skywalker Productions, recorded the song at Bazamele Records. In 2012 he put together a mix tape and worked with QBio and Uzzi among others. Last year he linked with GreedySkillz, which resulted in the introduction of long-time producer Lil Boi and signed onto his label Fiendz Music Records. “That is when we decided to fuse and create a dynamic apply named Motswako Palamente,” he recalls. Their track Shots played on Yarona FM for the first time in 2013. In 2014 he worked on a new EP titled L.I.F.E.S.T.Y.L.E ya mrepa.

The first single, Campus, featuring Saxxx, was released online and was downloaded more than a thousand times, and also featured on Yarona FM Hip hop show Headspace. In 2015 he recorded his second single Cough It Up featuring Jinx and Swazi Block. In 2016 he linked with Lanie and recorded and released a cover song titled R.I.C.O. originally done by Drake and Meek Mill, which raised heads for both of them. He later dropped his second mixtape, Phapha, which dropped later that same year. To wrap things up, he dropped BluChampagne. In 2017 he featured on Free, another single off Jinx mixtape. In 2018 he shot the video for BluChampagne and recorded a follow-up single titled CBD later the same year.

He says that he is working on more music individually and also wants to collaborate with local artists such as Apollo and Loosecat among others. He said he chose artists who he admires and has a strong following as this would also give him the vantage to extend into their markets. Kux also said that he is working towards a full studio album. He said he has international appeal and wants to create a brand that will be competitive globally.

“I dream of more than local awards…I aspire to clinch MTV and Grammy awards.” Earlier this year Kux was signed to Exclusive Media, which handles publishing, recording, vocal mixing mastering, recording, brand development, show outsourcing and general management. His management team explained that they are working hard to create a brand out of Kux and subsequently attract endorsements for him.

They said they had collaborated with several youth owned companies to help them build capacity and create seamless solid brands. “Through Exclusive Media, we have also created platforms for young artists, particularly those who are upcoming, to not only show them the ropes but also help them elevate their careers.”

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MARUATONA PUBLISHES ABSTRAXTION BOOK

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Oarabile Omaru Maruatona has published a book titled Abstraxtion, a collection of literary summaries. He recently explained to Vibe that an abstract in a literary sense is a summary of a larger text.

“The pieces I wrote are abstracts in both a literary and artistic sense. In this book, I take the reader through the exhibition of my abstracts, hence Abstraxion. This is a word I came up with, and it is as daring as the book itself is,” he said. He further said his context at the time he started writing is what got him to write in the first place. “In 2010, I decided to leave the best job I could ever have in Botswana, as a graduate with Debswana to return to Australia.

I had previously studied my bachelors’ degree in Australia on a Debswana scholarship. I probably had the best job any graduate could have at the time, and I spent it moving from one section of the mine to another until I had covered the entire mining value chain. As you can imagine, it was an amazing opportunity and I was getting paid for it. So to walk away from a gig like that, I had to think deeper about the new Australian opportunity, an industry PhD.

“This is a PhD that one does in collaboration with an industry entity who have a direct interest in the research or the research outcome. My PhD was in collaboration with one of the biggest banks in Australia and involved researching and developing Artificial Intelligence algorithms to be used in the bank’s Internet banking systems for security. So all this overwhelmed me and I felt like I was going insane at some point. I needed an occasional outlet. To reaffirm my sanity, I started writing short pieces, mostly reflecting on my experiences and learnings.

I have always been a keen reader and a conscious consumer of music so as I started to write, my musical, literary and other artistic tastes came together and the product was the unique style of writing and content found in Abstraxion.”  Maruatona further noted that he first wrote the book for his sanity and intellectual freedom, and mostly because he loved it. “Over time, I realized my topics were always political, Africanist, philosophical and somewhat activist.

I resolved that if these pieces had to form a book, it had to inform and inspire the reader. I also knew that the book had to be on-point content-wise, style-wise and timewise. I wrote every piece when I had at least an hour to write, most pieces were written in between times, which is why the whole book took the duration of my PhD.

The book includes 45 pieces and I cover a range of topics including the state of Africa, the global economic system, climate change, personal introspection, old African legends and a few homages including one to women, one to my unborn child and another to the people who have enriched my life one way and another.” Maruatona noted that this book is for knowledgists: those who love and seek knowledge. “The book came from deep intellect but the philosophical notions shouldn’t scare the everyday reader. It is a book to be read, shared and discussed.”

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