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Beauty Pageant Director dumps Model at 11th hour!

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The National Director of Awaited Models Agency, who also serves as an affiliate of Mr. Oceans World, Segolame Kudumedi, has unceremoniously withdrawn Botswana representative Kabelo Makulwane from participating at the Mr. Ocean 2017 World final penciled for November 14th in Taiwan China.
Makulwane won the Oceans Botswana title early this year and that automatically earned him an opportunity to represent the country at the upcoming world event.

However, Makulwane got the shock of his life last week when the pageant local director (Kudumedi) publicly announced on social media that he (Makulwane) would no longer represent Botswana in China and that his runner up Moreetsi Bosupeng would take over. The short statement on reads: “ Due to unforeseen circumstances Mr Oceans Botswana will not make it. This means his first runner up Bosupeng will take over. All the best young man.”

According to the devastated Makulwane, Kudumedi never bothered to consult him about her sudden decision. “A few weeks ago she asked me if I would manage to travel to China and I told her that I was still sourcing funds for the trip. But now all of a sudden it appears that I have been sidelined,” he lamented.
The 27-year-old Kang born model told Vibe that he is currently unsettled and to add salt to his injury, the director has distanced herself and left him in the dark regarding the new developments. He said that representing Botswana in China would have been a dream comes true for him. However he is currently in dire straits but was somehow still hopeful that given a chance, he would be able to raise the needed funds.

Reached for comment, Kudumedi threw a tantrum and told this reporter that she was not interested in discussing the issue. “I was not there when you approached Makulwane for your article and I will not interfere now, all I did was announce who is going and who is not,” she said before hanging up.

However this publication has it in good authority that Makulwane and Kudumedi‘s relationship can be traced from far back. He has been under the tutelage of Kudumedi at her modelling Agency; in fact the Ocean King was using the agency to prepare for the world finals in Taiwan. It was also through the assistance of Kudumedi that Makulwane emerged the winner of the first ever Mr. &Miss Bakgalagari beauty pageant (her brain child) in 2015. Makulwane explained that he is failing to recall as to where their relationship could have turned sour, as she has been an inspiration to him in the fashion industry.

Meanwhile, Bosupeng could hardly contain his excitement. “The director approached me on the 3rd of October saying Makulwane will not be able to participate and I grabbed the opportunity,” he said. Fortunately for him, his parents have volunteered to cover all his expenses, which are estimated to be close to P15, 000. The China Committee covers the return flight, accommodation and meals.

When asked if he was aware of Makulwane’s situation, Bosupeng said they had not discussed the matter and he believed that there were no hard feelings because he (Makulwane) had wished him well.

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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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