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Louisa April premiers Lost in a City called Love

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Soul songstress Louisa April will serenade music lovers at her show dubbed ‘Lost in a City called Love’ at Thapong Visual Arts Centre tomorrow evening, as part of the annual Maitisong festival. The musical journey encompasses neo soul and acoustic based alternative R&B music. In an interview with Vibe, April states that she appreciates music that speaks what the soul is often to say. “I would like for my music to speak for people where words fail them,” she says. She further explains that the musical journey curates on all aspects of love. “It is about falling in love, the heartbreak, joy, abuse and being content alone. I wanted to take the audience with me on a journey to touch on all these different aspects of love.”

April has come a long way and appears to have found her niche. She points out that she has been working on identifying her sound and brand. “I now know exactly what I want. It has been all about growth and perfecting my craft,” she says. The amiable singer grew up in a culturally diverse home, the child of a Nigerian father and Namibian mother, and raised between Botswana and the UK, which means she has a cosmpolitan perception of life which gives her music an eclectic feel. “I have been exposed to different cultures and at the end of the day, music is just another language and the execution depends on what you are trying to say.”

April has a great team that includes vocalist and guitarist Tafnaz Nazare and Otlhomame Motlaleng (aka ECL) on keyboards. She also has on board Pumi Sounds made up of Rachael and Maleho. She has also been working with dancers Irie Labane, Ultra Kluch Tshikare and Omar Motsemme. “I am grateful for their support and hard work. They are all talented and I am blessed to have worked with them.”

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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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