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MoTV joins forces with AFDA for unique media concept

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MoTV, an onboard television station that broadcasts local content on various bus lines across the country was launched this past week in Gaborone. Entertaining passengers with either music or movies is not a new scene to local bus lines; the trend was very popular in the late 90s but somehow it slowly got phased out and ultimately died within a few years.

However, the newly launched MoTV station intends to bring back the good old days of watching television throughout the journey. Speaking during the launch, the CEO of MoTV Kutlwano Mothibi revealed that they are in partnership with AFDA College in Oodi. “We use content produced by the students however they also produce some of their own,” he said.

Mothibi further said that the station was produced to make travelling easier and much more exciting to public transport passengers, saying many can now escape the torture of being surrounded by strangers for close to 10 hours or more in complete silence. They currently show music, comedy and short stories, but with time and funds permitting, they wish to broadcast a whole range of content that will cater for all audiences.

Their estimated viewership is over 150 000 passengers on a monthly basis. Said Mothibi: “Both AFDA and MoTV seek to improve the film and television industry in Botswana by providing a platform for aspiring actors, models, musicians and other visual arts aspirants with a platform to showcase their talent.” He pointed out that they are still battling with developing the local film and television industry in the country, however there is potential for growth and quality production. “Botswana is very capable of having quality film production, it is about time we stop depending on foreign entertainment and develop our own, let us utilise our skills, create employment opportunities and compete with the rest of the world,” he said.

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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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