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Motlha on the stardom rise

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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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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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