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Teenager takes trap music by storm

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Dintle Balole (16) of Oodi is aiming for the stars and is confident that he will rise to the top and shine among celebrated trap artists. Popularly known by his stage name DintleonTrack the lad recently unleashed his first trap offering titled No Sleep. As trap music fast penetrates the local music industry, the audience appreciates its ability to add a little spice to the original hip – Hop genre.

Artists have of recent been fusing it with other genres to create unique sound beats and perhaps that is what gives No Sleep a different taste from other artists. Balole told Vibe that he was bitten by the music bug from a young age and could not shake it off.

“I always found himself composing songs instead of doing his school work,” he said. His love for music gives him goose bumps and as he enters the ‘lion’s den’ (music industry) where chances of success are normally limited he fears for the future.

But at the same time, he pulls on a brave face and is optimistic that with the right guidance and determination, he will be telling another story in the near future. Balole is currently a student at St Joseph’s College and faced with a mammoth task of balancing his schoolwork with music. “I know I have to excel in my studies too and I want to remain focused, but music appears to be my calling too,” he said.

He was privileged to have artists such as Gappy Roberts, Ignor3d, Teddy West, Kamafhoko and Twisted Soul supporting him. “They are the ones who ensured that I release that wonderful jam,” he said. Balolwe began working on his project early this year and took a significant amount of time perfecting it. “It went through the gifted hands of FarmBoyz music studio producer Tribal Tiido.

Tiido is famous of having worked with the likes of Beery Heart, Prince De Kok and Brian Chase,” he said. Local artists Vee, Scar and Zeus musically inspire the young man. Young Chop, who is a local producer at Farmboyz Music Studio, was his influential figure in terms of production. “My creativity makes me different from other musicians. I believe that the sound I am bringing will make me different in the music industry. I also believe that what I produce has the potential to be recognised internationally,” he said.

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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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