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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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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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