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Vibe member goes solo



Francistown based live band frontman Tebobo Nkadile popularly know as Ras T in local music circles, has released a solo raga dance hall album titled Ke tlhadilwe. The song is currently enjoying massive airplay on local radio stations. Speaking to Vibe in an exclusive interview, Ras T disclosed that his solo project does not mean that has collapsed but a continuation of his love for dance hall music.

“Before I learnt how to play live music, I was a seasoned dance hall artist who only fell in love with the guitar and ended up collaborating with Maguje Gujes to form the live band which has so far won numerous awards locally. Ke tlhadilwe is a sorrowful song which will definitely console jilted lovers who have been dumped by their girlfriends,” he said. The song reveals a very touching story in which the artists is crying out loud for being dumped by a lovely Kalanga woman whom he loved so much before she dumped him for a different man.

The artists continues that what surprised him most is the fact that within a short period of time he met his former lover who was by then heavily pregnant something which pained him since their divorce was recent. As if that is not enough, the artist cry in the song that he done almost everything for the woman including opening businesses for her and many other freebies associated with love birds.

When quizzed as to whether he has been dumped, Ras T said the song is just a simple song whose aim is to deter man from committing passion killings when dumped by their lovers.“Men should learn to accept being dumped by a girl as this is a normal practice which should not compel us to kill our lovers and take our own lives. What pains most is the fact that those who do passion killings are bread winners who have responsibilities at their different families. We should men up and stop the violence on woman irrespective of our undying love for them.

Once you are dumped, accept your fate and start looking for another different women of your choice since they are many,” he said. Ras T launched his album at Dzimanyota bar on Sunday that attracted a sizeable crowd of music lovers and well-wishers.

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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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