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Joe T hosts lit album launch concert

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Youthful gospel artist, Joseph Tshukudu, who goes by the stage name Joe T, set the house ablaze at Mantlwaneng when he launched his debut album titled. Dinonyane The amiable crooner, who says that he spreads God’s message through music, led the sizeable into praise and worship. Tshukudu said he uses music to preach the gospel and reach out to people who have lost hope and are discouraged in life. “I want to preach and share the gospel and encourage people out there who are troubled especially the youth who has lost hope in life.

Through this music I want them to realise that they have the potential and they can shape their lives in the midst of the challenges,” he said. He further told Vibe that he took time to put songs together as the Holy Spirit inspired him. “I am not just doing this for myself; this is all to the glory of God. I have only availed myself to Him and I believe this album will fulfil its purpose,” he said.

Tshukudu also said that although the gospel music in Botswana is struggling to penetrate the market he is confident that many young people will rise up and use their talent to change music industry. “I believe that with time most Batswana will start to recognise the local gospel talent and many young artists will rise up and this will help reduce the unemployment challenges affecting the youth. Despite the challenges we have to press on and work hard to develop the industry and stop complaining about unemployment. Just like Batswana support the South African gospel music I believe if we prove ourselves our local gospel industry will grow tremendously something God has given us talents and different gifts,” he said. The album contains ten praise and worship songs in both Setswana and English including Dinonyane, Halala go Jesu, Bua Taba, Makgonatsotlhe, I will Worship and others.

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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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