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ATI dominates this year’s BOMU awards as artist with most nominees



ATI has been selected as brand ambassador for Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC). It is clear that the controversial Khiring-Khorong hit maker ATI has resurrected from a four-year hiatus with a bang as he also dominates the Botswana Music Union (BOMU) list of nominees.

The hyper active artist recently left many amazed and shocked at the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) Awards when he took to the stage and performed dressed in a skirt. In an interview, ATI explains that initially he was supposed to wear trousers but he later changed to a dress.

“My designers bought my idea of a dress for the BNSC awards but rather designed me a skirt which they believed would grasp everyone’s attention,” he says. When queried on why he chose a garment associated with women, he responds that he just wanted to be fun and look unique as he does what he knows best on stage. “I also wanted to gauge people’s reaction because we tend to be over-critical,” he says.

ATI is of the view that the album Envelope is a winner offering. To back this up, he is a nominee in six categories for the BOMU awards, which include Best Hip hop, Best Single, Best Male artist, Album of the year, Best Song of the year and Best collaboration. The Batho Bame star says that during the time he was absent because of his breakdown, most of his fans had lost confidence in him.

“I therefore refer to 2017 as the year of Envelope,” he says. He brags that his latest album is one of the best offerings in the music market this year. “I only had a set back because of financial issues and some people thought that I was down and out. But I had worked on this album ages ago,” he says. He also says that he is happy with the success he is enjoying. “Maybe it is because of the level of energy that I put towards this project.

It just feels like giving birth time.” Strangely, ATI says that should he win any award, he will donate it to the museum. Why the museum of all places? He responds: “I am all about the people and I want to emphasise and make everyone understand the importance and virtue of sticking by your word. So I selected the museum and will follow up with this plan.”

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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

Irene Shone



omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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