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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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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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