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Voice of Change gives gospel, makes a positive impact through music

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Living by the notion together we can go far, a group of youth from different parts of Gaborone gathered under a sole mission to give higher praises and worship the creator in music. Voice of change (VOC) is a modern gospel music group of young people whose age ranges between 18 and 35 years old. Their style of delivering the gospel to their audience is made up of a divergent series of voices ranging from soprano to bass that is backed with live instruments.

The different music styles displayed by the group is influenced by its accommodation for people from all walks of life with different worship styles which gives them a niche in the highest of all music positions. From their first show of only 100 spectators in 2016 held at the University of Botswana amphitheatre, the group has managed to bring together hundreds of fans to their music shows with the latest being the hymn night.

In an interview with this publication, the group founder and president Lunga Kgosithama said that he is happy with the group’s achievements since they are now almost in the same level with the South African gospel music giants Joyous Celebration. “We have had an opportunity to share stages with some of the renowned international artists from across Africa and as a result we have been able to earn the needed experience,” he said. Kgosithama further said that their main intention remains redeeming souls into the kingdom of Christ while giving their supporters good music as well.

“Our vision is to grow and be celebrated both inside and outside the country while serving God,” he said. He added that the group does not only focus on rendering music but also in improving the general citizenry. “We have had an opportunity through Kgosi Gaborone of Batlokwa to help in social responsibility missions in Tlokweng alongside him.”

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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

Tshepo Kehemile

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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