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Rhumba giants clash in Ghetto

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Botswana local Rhumba giant, Franco, Alfredo Mos, Jeff Matheatau, Tumza and the Big Bullets and Oscar Chakabuya will collide in Francistown at the Old stadium in a musical concert dubbed the Kwambala Music festival, which is in its second year running. Speaking to VIBE, the brains behind the festival Lesego Kwambala who is also Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) councillor revealed that this year’s instalment of the festival will be better than the first since most of the artistes billed to perform will sample their brand new albums ahead of the festivities in December.

He further said that although the first instalment of the show was a big success, they hope that this year it will even be better based on the fact that a local radio station Duma FM has sponsored them with promotional slots to sell the festival across the country. “We have also tightened our security which comprises of guards, dogs and bouncers to mention but a few. We will also ease congestion by opening two gates which will be used as the entrance and exit for easy access by our valued customers. It is going to be a very big show and we will leave people asking for more,”he explained. Apart from the show organiser’s input, he revealed that various artistes roped in the show have already started promoting the show on social media platforms using different means of advertising. For Alfredo Mos, it will be a launch party for his brand new album whose release date coincides with the date of the festival and as such many fans will have the opportunity to buy his new music straight from the hot pot. Other performing artistes expected to grace the festival are MC Maswe and the Beauty Queens, Madala feat Kellyjess, and many others.

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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