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DJ Izzy is Stanbic Bank Achievers Campaign Ambassador

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Stanbic Bank Botswana has Tshepang “Izzy” Motsisi as a brand ambassador for the Bank’s Achiever Campaign. An extract of a press release from the bank reads, “Izzy is a prominent drive time radio show host, entrepreneur and entertainer. His radio career spans over ten years and he has spearheaded a number of charity events.”

Izzy’s personal brand has continued to shine and grow multiple folds in recent times and he will play a role in promoting the Bank’s Achiever campaign. The bank’s head of Personal Markets Omphemetse Dube said that their relationship with Izzy had been a long and fruitful one. “He has been an immense help in further driving the Bank’s financial literacy agenda.

Having hosted three seasons of our financial literacy radio show, we saw it fit to engage him on a formal basis to become the face of our Achiever Campaign. We’ve witnessed him develop an impeccable track record and we believe that he’s an individual that audiences relate to. He has worked hard in building his personal brand and we view him as a role model and an individual with great influence.”

Dube added that they place great importance on building sustainable relationships. “The Achiever campaign is yet another step forward towards providing our clients much needed expertise to facilitate their growth and success and Izzy is the right person to help us drive that,” she said. The Achiever Campaign is part of the Bank’s efforts to assist clients in their growth journeys.

Izzy will form an integral part of the Bank’s Achiever campaign, through engagements, broadcast, print and digital campaigns. Izzy says that he is excited about the engagement. “I am honoured and excited to embark on this journey with Stanbic Bank Botswana. It is a great opportunity for me and the Bank to continue moving Batswana forward and I cannot wait to get started,” 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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