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Mathews Matsete to launch new album with flair

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Gospel crooner Mathews Matsetse recently held a press briefing at Chez Nicholas to share details about the launch of his sixth album launch and live recording, to be held at SKY Lounge, iTowers, CBD on the 2nd December. The talented singer, whose career in gospel marks 25 years in 2018, says that he is reinventing and breathing new life into his music and brand. Matsetse, who is a songwriter of note, is also known as the maverick behind the song Lion of Judah, which is acclaimed across southern Africa. The gospel singer, who hails from Mochudi, started in music in 1993 and feels that it is now time for him to seize new heights. “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had in my music career and have reached a space where I am shedding old skin and showing off the new Mathews Matsetse.” He also said that live recording is not only the new trend but is also exciting and allows the artist to engage the crowd. With regard to the venue, which is known to be a secular entertainment venue, he explained that they wanted a high-end and glamorous place.

“We wanted an exclusive, intimate and prestigious venue that reflects where we are going. This venue will appeal to revellers, some of who might have heard about it but had not been here,” he said. Matsetse further said that several guests from the local music industry and across borders would be present. He mentioned among others, Thabang Mnizi who produced for Dr Tumi and also a popular music promoter, MC Amau, JD Crossen who is an artist and also works at Rainbow FM, Justice Mokwena of Thetha FM. DJ Kels, Johnson Pheto and Hendrick Monyeki are also expected to grace the event. Matsetse noted that he also wants to work with young people. “I have roped in a new group called Glorious Cloud, who are already doing well in the market. I will also feature Tsholo Acts and Helen M. I am open to collaborations. Engaging young people will allow me to be relevant and also pass on my influence and experience to them,” he said. Matsetse noted that he is now ready to take his music across borders. He has however promised that he has not gone too far away from the church sound that he is associated with. “Obviously there are a few changes but the original sound that many have come to associate with me still lingers,” he said. The 13-track album boasts songs such as Ga ke lwala wa nthorisa and Wena Jesu among others. To have your ticket delivered at your door call 72 93 26 17.

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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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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

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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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