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SA rapper Mopedy inspired by Culture Spears

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South African rapper Mopedy, who hails from Makotopong, Limpopo province, has released a hip-hop album titled Peu, which features a smashing hip-hop track called Kulenyane 2.0.

He says that the latter song was influenced by Botswana international and acclaimed group of Culture Spears. Apart from being a musician the versatile rapper informed VIBE in a telephonic interview that he is also an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and the founder of a non-profit company called Help Us Dress a Baby, which helps dress underprivileged babies between the ages of birth to five years old.

The rapper’s lyrics are mostly in Sepedi language, which is easily understood in Botswana and the rapper has disclosed that he is using his music as a tool to make African languages fashionable, Sepedi in particular. Listening to songs by Culture Spears according to the rapper has upped his game of hip-hop since the group is an acclaimed ensemble who writes songs in very rich Setswana. “I have in my album a song that was inspired by Botswana music group Culture Spears with their song Kulenyane, and the song is called Kulenyane 2.0 which is a nice turn up hip hop version.

I did the song to honour and celebrate the rich culture of the people of Botswana. I haven’t been able to reach Culture Spear to hear their take on the song yet but I’m doing all I can to get in touch with them. Hopefully I will end up in studio with the group or Charma Gal in the near future,” he said. Meanwhile, the front man for Culture Spears Kabelo Mogwe revealed that as a group they do not have any problems with other artistes from other genres who would love to use their songs as long as they is a mutual agreement between the two groups. He pointed out that it would not be the first time for a South African artiste to use their song Kulenyane since it was once recorded in a House version by the late Bujo Mojo as well as Gospel king pin Solly Moholo.

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Making outstanding art through waste material

Keletso Thobega

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Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame

Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.

One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.

Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.

He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”

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BOMU awards go on…

Keletso Thobega

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The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.

The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.

He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.

We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”

Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.

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