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ATI steals limelight at BOMU awards

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The long awaited BOMU Music Awards thrilled at GICC this past Saturday.

The legendary ATI proved that he was this year’s favourite artist as he scooped six awards. The audience was filled with gratitude when the energetic young artist was labelled the fairest of them all. Thus, he has identified this year’ song of the year as the much adored Khiring Khorong. His other awards include: Best single, Best collaboration, Best Hip Hop artist and the Best male artist. Like he has promised before that he would donate one of his awards to the national museum if he happens to win any award, he has donated his Hip Hop award to the museum. He said the motive behind this move was to “give the upcoming artists some motivation of the music industry in the future.” Mokolodi hitmaker Charma Gal walked away with the Best Female artist gong.

The show was a spectacular one in terms of fashion as the audience looked stunning in their lovely outfits. The sound quality was also far much better this time around compared to the past years. Figos from Black Money Makers also gave a stellar performance and the main man ATI also shone with his electric dance moves when he performed the song of the year.

For the new addition on the awards, Clap n Tap music was also welcomed in an enthralling manner as the audience stood on its feet to praise the choirs that presented. The winner for this category was Maatla a Roma. The best Traditional Gospel award went to Obakeng while Ounah walked away winner of the Best Gospel music category. DJ Bino won the best house album. He expressed his gratitude. “It was my first time getting an award and I appreciate BOMU for the good spirit of motivating the artists.”

Kabelo Tiro aka Skavenja who has been off the music scenes for about seven years returned with a bang, as he won the Best Packaged album and Best Afro pop artist awards. The Best Producer award went to Reuben of Rhuu’s music and BK Proctor walked away with the Best Music Video award winner. The ‘we must Praise choir’ won the Best New comer award and they pleaded with Batswana to support them.

The show proved to be a stellar one as even the international visitors from Lesotho urged Batswana to support their own music, stating that it is brilliant. ATI even got an invite as they said one of the local artists is supposed to perform in Lesotho soon.

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Local artistes steal the show at GIMC concert

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La Timmy gave his best as usual and set the mood a notch higher with his upbeat sounds.Meanwhile, Boogie Sid took the crowd way back with a set reminiscent of the early 2000s. Robbie Rob and Brando also gave a fun set that had dancing along. Meanwhile, Sjava’s performance was quite tepid.

He didn’t seem excited to be on stage and his performance was bland from start to finish. Han C on the other hand was a fireball of energy and set the pace, proving that local is truly lekker. The Sedilaka star belted out in tune while also gyrating madly as if his life depended on it. Many sang along to his hits Mafura fura and Se-ileng.

South African rapper Nasty C also held his own fort and although his performance was nothing to write home about, he seemingly gave his fans their money’s worth as they cheered wildly. The Hell No hitmaker saved the popular song for last and everyone sang along to the jam with a catchy hook.

Another energetic performer was Master KG who has been making waves recently. His unique sound, a mix of kwaito, mosakaso had many wiggling and jiggling as if they have ants in their pants. The Situation and Skeleton hitmaker and his dancers churned infectious dance moves throughout their performance.

Meanwhile, Lady Zamar churned hits such as Collide, Criminal, Charlotte and My Baby among others, as she showed off her well-choreographed dance moves. Prince Kaybee was in his usual element and while it was not his best night, most revellers enjoyed the house tunes, especially the hit Club Controller, which can make even the most uptight person lose their morals and hump and bump in the air.

One of the revellers Tshidiso Mokaila said she had enjoyed the concert. “It was chilly but the whole show was well-organised, from the sound to security. It was my first time here and I had the time of my life. I will definitely come again next year,” she said. Another reveller who only identified himself as Tshepo said that the popularity of the bash seemed to be declining but said he was impressed that the organisers had beefed up security this time around.

“We had fun knowing that our cars are safe. The performances were just OK but I think that the no cooler box policy turned off many people especially as there was only one beer on sale and no ciders.” The MCs for the night Loungo, Sadi and Somizi did a sterling job and kept revellers in a party mood. While the previous editions were much better than this year’s instalment, there were few incidents this time around. Revellers let their hair down and partied the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

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The sky is the limit for Ginah Molodi

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In what started as only a mere passion for music at the age of (11) for Ginah Tinah Molodi, it has now changed into a big reality as she recently featured in one of the most decorated DJ in Botswana Boineelo Othusitse known as DJ Bino in a single house-track dubbed Ke Mosadi. Growing up, 23-year-old Molodi was a vital member of the Praise and Worship at her church.

In a recent interview with Vibe, Molodi said that her mother had always encouraged her to give her best. “My late mother has always been my mother, a role model, a best friend, an instigator and that really kept going because she motivated me,” she said.

The Mmadinare born aspirant artiste made her first major appearance in one of the Botswana Television (BTV) talent show called My African Dream before deciding to try her luck on this year’s My Star Show, “I have always dreamt of joining My Star from the moment it started broadcasting on BTV and I only got join this year because I wanted to share my talent with Botswana as I always believed in my singing and the talent that got has given me. Winning would have been a great bonus to me,” she said.

Molodi further reiterated on her current main enthusiast who is apparently her aunt. “The one person who was always behind me is my aunt Thusano Moseki, she has always been my biggest fan and she used to call me at my tenure at My Star wanting to find out whether I chose either the right song or rehearsed well and stuff and that really motivated me a lot as she strongly believed in me,” she said.
Molodi said being eliminated in the My Star Top 12 had not deterred her as she went on to release a single. “I did not win at My Star but that never really discouraged me because I have so many people that believe in me. I decided to do a single titled Ke Mosadi which is basically a personal song and it celebrates a women from her phenomenal transition from a young to a women with a massive help from DJ Bino as my producer,” she said.
Meanwhile, DJ Bino said that Molodi’s brother had sent him her audio. “When I first heard that our home girl is currently at My Star, I told her brother to send me the audio and she was amazing. I promptly decided to start working with her.
She did not win maybe because sometimes the judges do not see what we see as producers hence I took liberty to do a song with her because I appreciate her talent,” he said. DJ Bino added that Molodi still had a long way to go as she will soon be working with big names such as Odirile ‘Vee’Sento, Busi (Malawi) to push her promising music career to greater heights. DJ Bino also confirmed that he was working on dropping his 2nd album, which will be titled The Journey.

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