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ATI steals limelight at BOMU awards



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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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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