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Zee-nice drops second single

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Tumelo Sekale, who goes by the stage name Zee nice in music, has dropped his second single titled Knock Knock. The song features Nicey Boy, Zolasko and Samurai Ngingo on guitar. The house-kwasa artist is working under the watchful eye of maverick producer, Zolasko, who produced the hit song Tlhomela by Mlesho. He has also produced hits for the likes of Franco, Slizer and Vee among others.

In an interview with Vibe, Zee-nice explained that Knock knock is a relaxed song. “I am saying to everyone, I am here, so open the doors for me. It is a laid back song,” he says. The 26-year-old, who hails from Mathubudokwane, relishes the support from his family. “Having the support of loved ones is great because it gives you the confidence to pursue your dreams.

I will forever be grateful for the love and support from my family,” he says. He therefore doesn’t want to disappoint those who believe in him, more so as he is confident that he has the talent to contribute meaningfully to the local music scene. Zee-nice says that he fell in love with music as a child and by form three he was already in a group.

He released his debut single titled Lala vuka in 2009. He says that the full album will be released next year, and will feature the popular Shanky Briz of Namibia. The gregarious lad concedes that the music industry has its own fair share of challenges but determination keeps him going. “If you have passion for something, you would never give up on it – you keep giving your best because you love it.”

He however adds that artists should take their work seriously. “It is important to approach music as a business if you want to succeed. If you play around other people will not take you seriously,” he says. Zee-nice would like to work with Mingo, Mswawa and Jah Prazya. “I consider them perfect house kwasa artists; I respect their craft,” he says.His proudest moment in music was performing alongside Emanuel of soapie Rhthym City on Independence Day in Mabalane. Zee-nice will perform in Kalamare and Mochudi later this month.

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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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