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ATI wins big at lit YAMAs

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 The 4th annual Yarona Music Awards (YAMAs) held at GICC this past weekend were a glitzy and lit affair. It was packed to the rafters and revelers arrived dressed to the nines. In a brief welcome address, Yarona FM station manager Kelly Ramputswa noted that the awards were meant to celebrate and encourage home-grown talent. She said they recognised the immense talent in Botswana and remained committed to helping to nurture and cultivate it. “Our music has grown in leaps and bounds and our station continues to give local artists the platform to showcase their talent.

We are impressed with the level of talent the country has,” she said in part. The whole production was well coordinated: from the lighting, sound to background music. There was a red door on stage with an ‘18’ sign that represents the number of years the radio station has been in existence. The hosts for the evening, Yarona FM presenters, Bonnie P and Ross held down their own. The pretty and gregarious Ross that plump and sexy can go together, rocking a leather ensemble with a midriff baring crop top and see-through skirt.

HanC was a usual ball of energy when he performed Se ileng. Jujuboy also gave a bewitching performance that had revelers eating from the palm of his hand. Kwaito duo T.H.A.B.O and Mapetla gave an upbeat act that had fans bopping along. Speaking in an interview on the sidelines, Mapetla said he was working on a new offering. T.H.A.B.O hinted that he would possibly “retire” soon. “I am working on a few collaborations and will be dropping a new album later this year but I get the feeling that this would be my last album,” he said, adding that he wanted to focus on radio, business and spending more time with loved ones. Amantle Brown, who appeared mellow, and was dressed in a stunning red and blue frock, performed her latest single, Sa Pelo. Her beautiful rich voice reverberated across the hall; like fine wine, she gets better with time.

Motswako rapper HHP performed his new single ‘Ke a jelwa’ and got revellers excited with his energetic dance moves. Khuli Chana took the mood a notch up when he bounced onto the stage dressed in a yellow tracksuit. ‘Tswa daa’ really got his fans on their feet. But it was Bouncy who stole the limelight when she took to the stage to perform her latest single, serope mperekela. She twirled, twerked and gyrated on stage, dressed in a top and g-string ensemble. Her sexy body did justice to the outfit as she pranced about seductively.

Her buttocks were on full display and revelers in the crowd gasped and cheered when she flashed and wiggled them. ATI, who was the biggest winner at the awards, closed the night with the performance of Khiring khorong, together with Yung Amazing and Legacy DG, and almost everyone stood up to dance and sing along. The evening ended with an electric after-party held in the hallway where everyone mingled, took pictures and danced the night away.

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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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