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Acapella marvel Joe T launches album

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Gospel singer Joe Tshukudu, who goes by the stage name Joe T, will launch his debut album at Mantlwaneng theatre at Westwood International School on Saturday evening. The four-hour concert, complete with a band, will feature Chris Wills, Johnson Phefo and Fuego.

In an interview with Vibe, Joe T says that it is all systems go, as this concert has been in the pipeline for a while now. He admits that although he is a bit nervous, he is also excited about finally dropping his much-awaited album titled Dinonyane. The album was recorded at High Note studios owned by Tshepo Lesole.

The contemporary gospel singer, songwriter, compose and minister, would like to endear to the hearts of Christians and gospel lovers, and is confident that his ten track album will help do just that. Two years ago Joe-T dropped his debut single titled, Wa Galalela. He later dropped Dinoyane, which was a marked improvement from his previous offering.

The video to the song went on to be played on Botswana television show Melodi ya kgalaletso and South Africa’s One Gospel. The 32-year-old points out that the highlight of his music career was being invited to minister at Benjamin Dube’s High Praise Centre in July last year. “It was a humbling experience and showed me that I have a lot of potential.”

Joe T cites financial challenges as a niggling problem in the life of any upcoming artist but he has managed to pull through. Finding time was also a challenge because he still holds an 8-4 job. In fact, he studied a Bachelor of Social Work at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is currently employed in government.

He points out that as much as he would have loved to study music, he appreciates and enjoys his job. “When I went to tertiary, music was not a study option. It was important to pursue a course that would hopefully guarantee you a job. Yes, music is my first love but I appreciate my job and the value I add to society,” he says. He admits that it is not easy to balance the two but he tries his best “My job gives me a sense of purpose and my music fulfils me,” he says.

Joe-T fell in love with singing as small boy growing up in a Christian family that worshipped at the Assemblies of God church. In school, he formed acappela groups with friends and he received great feedback about his voice, which amplified his passion for praise music. currently He worships and ministers at Revelation Times International in Block 3. **Tickets to the show are on sale at Cross Gold, Sebele Centre.

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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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