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VIBE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS

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To mark the end of an eventful 2017, we bring you the first-ever annual Vibe Awards that celebrate local icons: artistes, artistes, celebrities and personalities who stood out this year.
The Vibe Awards recognise exceptional home-grown talent in the local entertainment industry and celebrate the milestones, productions and talented individuals in Botswana, who excelled at their craft and set the pace from their contemporaries. Everyone is a winner in their own right but our winners went the extra mile this year. We brought together our diverse and vibrant newsroom and some of our loyal readers to adjudicate the 20 categories and below are the winners!

*The chosen anthem (Song of the year) – Khiring-Khorong by ATI featuring Yung Amazing and Legacy DG
*Festive song – Jabu by Charma Gal
*Best Music video – Jabu by Charma Gal
*Best-composed Single of 2017 – Setakile by Dramaboi
*Best Duet of 2017 – Amantle Brown and Juju Boy for Follo
*Diva of the Year -Amantle Brown
*Best Styled Artiste of the year – Amantle Brown
*Role Model of the Year – Vee Mampeezy
*Best Upcoming artiste -Proficient 6ix
*Legend’s Award -Soares Katumbela (MHSRIP)
*Best Promoter – Gilbert ‘PP’ Seagile

*Best Artise Manager -Llyod Totego
*Artiste of the year – ATI
*Golden Voice award – Mpho Sebina
*Best fashion designer – Kushata
*Artiste of the Year – Sade Rabasha
*Best radio presenter – Khumo Kgwaadira (RB2)
*Best television presenter – Leungo Pitse (Flava Dome on BTV)
*Best television show – Pula Power
*Best events MC – Comfort Big Ramatebele
*Socialite of the Year – Gwen Isaacs (Make-up artist and entrepreneur)
*Male model of the year – Katlego Banyatsi
*Female model of the year –
****Let us have a Moment of silence for fallen heroes in the entertainment industry, Soares Katumbela and hip-hop rapper and television presenter Mpho Vincent ‘Steez’ Tiro. We also remember the soul of Nametso Bogopa, who passed on at the GIMC festival.

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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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