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DJ Phazz drops impressive 12-track album

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addresses social ills in society and encourages introspection and peace. He has been in the music industry for 15 years and has amassed experience that gives him a unique edge. In an interview with Vibe, he explains that he dedicated this album to address youth on behavioural change. “I want them to scrutinise on issues like love matters and hence my music is house music genre, so I am convinced that the message will reach out to them through this genre that they appreciate as young people,” he says. He points out that the album however also targets older people and preaches the importance of embracing peace within families and the nation at large.

DJ Phazz reiterates that women must be loved and be appreciated because they have been undermined and abused by some men. “Women play a bigger role in the society and so we should embrace them,” he says. He further says that locals should also tolerate one another despite differences such as religious beliefs and background. “I believe that respects helps build a nation,” he adds. His latest offering features hit songs such as Another love, Sheleng, Sunga, Rele Nosi and Mama Afrika. The album comprises of 12 songs, which are all informative with good rhythm. He has featured a variety of local artistes such as the popular Setswana Hip hop rapper HT, Alfredo Moss, DJ Bino, Nico, Bablo T, Zolasko, Lucia and Da MadT. DJ Phazz describes himself as a creative artiste who wishes to take house music to the next level in Botswana.

“I can be described in many ways; aggressive, innovative and creative not forgetting the flowing mixes that seamlessly blend one track into the next, adding stunts in between. I have the ability to take control of the dance floor and to energize the crowd that is on it,” he says. The passionate DJ says that he has loved music from a tender age as he grew up listening to kwaito and house music then started spinning the decks in 1999. DJ Phazz says he was particularly inspired and influenced by the music of legendary DJs Skizo and Fresh.

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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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