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Gospel crooner Vusi drops new single in time for festive

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Vusumuzi Mtokufa better known as Vusi in gospel music circles will drop his new single track dubbed, Look,look next week. The full album will be released end of January. The ‘Sefofu’ and ‘Ama pelo yaka’ hit maker always releases music that stands out. He explained to Vibe that ‘Look, look’ is a song that appreciates the goodness of God at all the times. “It is a testimony song that I have written to share and appreciate the goodness of God in our lives from the beginning and moving forward and it is a beautiful piece of music item,” he said. The 26-year-old seems to be the man of the figure ‘13’ this year as he celebrated 13 years in the music industry and has also sealed a 13-track album.

He also started his music career at the age of 13. He explained that he believes in music that has a message and speaks positivity into the lives of people from all walks of life. “I regard my latest album as spiritually rich and an important one that marks my milestone in music, especially as I worked with my mentor, Thato Mampe from South Africa, who helped transform his music. Mampe came into my life when I needed transition in my music, when I first recorded Ama pelo yaka,” he said. The album was recorded in partnership deal with Word of Life Record Studios under New Movement Records in South Africa. He promised that the album would take his new level to new heights and reflect an awe-inspiring elegance.

“We have written brand new songs inspired by God in this album and there is one particular song by one of the legends musicians in Botswana that I took and played around with. It is also going to be very awesome,” he said. Vusi noted that the greatest moment of his music career was the time when God began to minister into his life and put him in a place of inspiration where he came up with new songs that speak to people rather than entertaining them. “I believe that success in gospel music is not measured by how many songs one has sold but how many lives one has impacted with their music,” he noted. Vusi is also a preacher and over the festive season he will be hard at work preaching in different churches while also blessing people with his good music. He is expected to perform in Selebi Phikwe on 31st December during the day and later head back to Gaborone where he will headline the Gospel Glory night session to be held at GICC.

 

 

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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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