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Ame Makoba releases motivational CD

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Former Deputy Executive Secretary of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Ame Makoba recently launched a motivational CD titled Refuse to Lose; Get Lifted. In the five-track album, Makoba talks about the challenges of life and what one must do to overcome them, and never lose hope. Speaking at the launch of the CD, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dorcas Makgatho encouraged youth like Makoba to share their life experiences in order to encourage others and be their role models.

“You are a determined young person and I have no doubt that as you venture into this new concept you will conquer the world. That self determination is very important and this is why I believe you will be very successful in your journey of changing life of Batswana,” she said. Makgato described Makoba as a visionary because he has identified a niche where others did not. “You have come up with a plan of how we can overcome challenges. Difficult as it is in the journey you are venturing in I am sure you are going to have fun with this.

This is very nice because you are doing something you like and you will make life out of it and encourage young people like you,” she said. In his emotional speech, Makoba who shared his life experience said after finishing his Botswana General Secondary Examinations (BGSE) several years ago, he was admitted to pursue Bachelor of Science in Canada but he failed three times. He switch to do Bachelor of Finance and passed with flying colours. “I was not the best student in class but came top of the class because I refuse to lose. I always knew it will get better,” he said. Makoba also thanked his wife who he said has been the pillar of strength for him. “We never know how long will God keep us. I am a positive person and I believe this should be shared with people. I believe people should live their life happy regardless of what challenges they are facing,” he added.

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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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