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Miss Northern Arts Awards slated for February

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Chairman of the Northern Arts Awards (NAA) Ontiretse Zuma Nthinthie Bakaile recently told VIBE that they will host Miss NAA on 28 February in Francistown., in continued efforts to brand the awards. Bakaile further said that registration for the beauty pageant is on and they have decided to target all those who have won the past Miss Independence crown at their various villages and town more especially in the northern part of the country.

“Apart from targeting the past winning queens, we have also decided to rope in reigning queens from various tertiary institutions in the north to also give them a platform to show off their talent in beauty pageants. This event will be an annual event well ahead of the yearly awards which will be in its fourth instalment,” he said.

Bakaile noted that the winning queen will be given a task to frequently visit a hospital of their choice to check up on ailing patients and satisfy their needs where necessary. “Apart from checking on patients, the reigning queen will also be empowered through the initiative of the NAA to help other underprivileged women in the north by giving them the necessary information which can assist them in their business future endeavours,” he said. Bakaile poured cold water on talk that the NAA event in December was a near flop. Although the past NAA were full of controversy as a result of the venue, Bakaile downplayed the whole unfortunate incident which resulted in the awards starting very late.

“People should not be bothered much by the past unfortunate development since this time around everything has been well organised ahead of the beauty pageant that will take place at the Francistown Civic centre,” he said. Bakaile also defended the P200 registration fee, saying that it was a reasonable amount considering the cost of the logistics required to host the event.

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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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