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Reunited Culture Spears to rock GC…Charma Gal to be part of the traditional outfit

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The leader of international acclaimed local traditional group Culture Spears Kabelo Mogwe says that the once-popular group has finally reunited and will go on tour soon. The group, which had bragging rights in Southern Africa split some years back following the divorce of its lead singer Mogwe and Magdeline ‘Charma Gal’ Lesolebe, which pained most of their fans as they believed that they were a match made in heaven.

As if that was not enough, funny man Ramuzara also quit the group to focus on his solo career. He has since retraced his footsteps back to the group. The other member who was also a vital member, Selonyana, was the first one to dump the group and the first one to resurface at the group last year for its impeding reunion.

Speaking to Vibe recently, an excited Mogwe revealed that during the past Christmas festivities, he toured with the other members except for Charma Gal who was not available due to some commitments. “I can confidently declare that finally Charma Gal will reunite with the group on the 2nd of March 2018 at Thebephatswa where revelers will be taken back into time. On the 9th of March, 2018, Culture Spears will rock Glen Valley BDF camp,” he said.

In the past years, Kabelo has refused to replace the departed members as he strongly believed that there were still members of Culture Spears who were mere exercising their democratic rights to go solo like it has always been the case with other prominent groups. When contacted in the past, the other members has revealed to VIBE that they were prepared to reunite at Culture Spears only if they can be managed by a board as they strongly believe that they are the cream of the local music industry.

Moreover, Charma Gal, Ramuzara, Kulenyane and Selonyana will remain solo artists but will only come together for the main group of Culture Spears. The group has toured countries including France, South Africa and Lesotho among others in the past. The group will be best remembered for their hits Khudu, Kueletsana and Kulenyane among many others.

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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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