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Nomina serenades local crowd during media launch

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Motswana singer based in Germany, Nomina, gave a marvellous musical act at her media launch presentation this past Thursday at the Mop Restaurant in Gaborone. Members of the media, fans, well-wishers and musicians thronged in style and poise at the Riverwalk based restaurant for the launch. The diner’s young faced attendants provided drinks before the event could commence while stand-up comedy kept the early birds amused as they gulped on their beverages. The “Mama Land” hit maker Nomina, born in Zimbabwe and raised in Botswana’s capital Gaborone was last to arrive and the audience applauded her as she made her way in with her German manager Stefen Lembert.

The German based Nomina offering a mix of R&B, Pop and Reggae gave the sceptics a taste of their own medicine when she delivered a self-written composition of “Be patient Africa, your day will come” as the audience chanted along, a song Nomina said intends on showing the beauty of Africa. The media launch intended on selling the artist to Batswana ended up a showcase of her sweet voice as she made presentations. “I have a huge following from across Africa because my music relates to what represent the real African lifestyle not what is displayed as the troubled continent with no chance for human survival,” she said. Nomina further said that she believes Botswana has a lot of potential in the music fraternity citing that she has been following the entertainment acts of the Serowe-born celebrated ATI and was impressed with his art performances. She said she could allude to sitting on the edge of her seat every time the artist performs. For his part, Nomina’s manager Lembert said their goal too was to penetrate into Botswana’s music market and reach out to more Batswana. “We need to use the culture of this country and embrace it because it is beautiful and unique in its own way,” he said.

A media briefing put together by Gilbert promotions was graced by Brands Botswana director of international portfolio Gaorekwe Gaorekwe who encouraged Nomina to continue selling Botswana to the Germans through her art music which speaks in loud volumes for its real display of Africa. Making reference to the Mogobane shot video of “Don’t Cry Africa” which features Mafitlhakgosi traditional troupe, Gaorekwe said the artist’s music deserves to be used to sell the beauty of Botswana. The media launch ended on high note as the artist gave renditions possessing a heavy African percussion sound as the guests wined and dined the night away.

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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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