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Motlha on the stardom rise



Motlha Mompe, who goes by the stage name Motlha, is fresh in the music circles but he already bears a stardom position, according to his fans.

His new banger single track MmaMotse is already receiving lots of airplay. The 24-year old artiste believes in hard work, and he says that believing in himself got him to be where he is now. Music lovers have also received the video to MmaMotse, dropped recently, warmly.

The video is currently playing with Btv, after it was first played on Flavour Dome and Pula Power. It is also playing internationally through online platform. Says Motlha: “The feedback is positive as everyone talks about it on Facebook.” The renowned and international videographer, Kyle White, who has worked with the likes of Kanye West and AKA, captured the video. The brilliant video proudly narrates the Setswana traditional dance rhythms in style, and the way it is contented makes one to linger for more.

In an interview with Vibe, the Afro Jazz and R&B singer states that he adores his mother language, Setswana, which inspires him to express himself musically. He also shares that he has an upcoming 10-tracked album, which would be released next month. “The album is a full package. It has been published by Open Mic Productions, one of the biggest record labels in South Africa.

The album features several artists from South Africa including Soul Kulture, Zanda Zakuda and Master Kg,” he says. Motlha believes in collaborations and he says that they keep artistes together and also make them to strive to do better. He says that he has a song with the acclaimed ATI. He actually stunned the audience at the Maun Rocks event recently when he performed alongside the legendary rapper. He is also a songwriter and says that he often writes a song based on what is happening around the society.

His upcoming album like the famous MmaMotse was also recorded at Roc Lefatshe Records by Suffocate. The energetic Motlha says that he would like to have a hand in taking the Botswana music industry to the next level despite the fact that he is just a newbie to the industry. “I am all about passion and perfection. I believe in my talent and I am confident that it will take me places,” he says. Motlha will take Pretoria by storm soon where he is lined up for a performance.

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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

Irene Shone



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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