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ATI aims to invest in his own businesses

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Last year’s BOMU music awards biggest winner ATI has revealed to VIBE that 2018 will be an even bigger year for him as he will concentrate on branding himself by spreading his wings. He shared that one of his plans is to sell and distribute branded pens, pencils and school bags. He pointed out that many students look at him as a role model hence the idea to create products bearing his brand.

“A lot of people believe that I have made a lot of money from shows last year but they are mistaken as I invest most of the money I am paid in my stage acts. For me to have landed on a crane during the Davido show was as a result of money I have pumped in the whole stage act. When I get paid I use a large portion to improve my craft,” he said.

He added that he is currently working on a music video. Although he has clinched an enticing deal as an brand ambassador for Botswana Telecommunication Corporation, ATI said he is not that much excited by this as his main aim is to grow his own business. “I want my brand to be in the likes of Choppies stores which was started from humble beginnings until it spread its wings around the country and across Africa. Once I have made my business foot marks so far as my music and branding is concerned I will then relax and enjoy the fruits of my hard labour,” he said.

ATI further said that upcoming local artists should not despair but wait for their breakthrough in the industry with patience and optimism. ATI revealed that several years ago he was dissed at My African Dream competition as the judges believed that he was not a capable singer only for him to prove them otherwise. “Upcoming artists must learn not to get embarrassed easily. Following my dismal failure, I made it a point to work hard in order to have a sweet revenge over those who doubted my abilities.” Last year, ATI was nominated in six awards categories being Best Hip Hop, Best single, Best male artist, Album of the year, Best song of the year and best collaboration and won all of them.

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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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