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Radio personality to launch debut novel

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Rorisang Mogojwe, better known as a Yarona FM radio personality will launch her debut novel, a creative non-fiction offering, Naledi Confessions next week. Vibe caught up with her to find out more about her writing journey.

Vibe: When did you start writing?

RM: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I was that school girl who got gold stars in compositions in primary and aced English literature in secondary school. I have always loved writing stories as a form of expression and therapy. I started writing professionally during my university days when I was freelancing for different publications.

Vibe: Tell us a bit about Naledi Confessions…

RM: It is a story chronicling the (mis) adventures of three best friends who lose themselves in the city while, ironically, trying to discover themselves and their life purpose. We see the story unfolding from Naledi’s point of view.The book highlights the different challenges that young women go through in their journey of self-discovery including depression, alcohol and drug abuse, the blesser life, gender based violence and others. The story is written in a comical manner to allow everyone to relate, and ultimately spark dialogue.

Vibe: How do you approach your writing – is it a way of healing, informing or entertaining your readers?

RM: A combination of all three. Healing because I personally went through some of the experiences Naledi and friends went through (i.e. depression) so penning the story was quite therapeutic. Informing because there are still certain issues our society shies away from openly discussing. And entertaining because a story like this can be read for leisure purposes, or edutainment, if you may. My general approach to writing is to evoke emotion and give the reader food for thought.

Vibe: What is the underlying message of Naledi Confessions?

RM: That life will always throws challenges your way but you can come out better and stronger. In other words, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Readers should expect lots of emotions and a general good read.

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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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