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Son of the Soil 2016 back into the future



The annual Son of the Soil (SOTS) event billed for end of this month will not only introspect in the country’s 50 years of cultural independence, but also project the next half century.

Publicity and Media Relations Officer for the event organisers, Bana ba Mmala Trust, Pontsho Pusoetsile told Vibe that they look at this as a 50-50 celebrations and introspection.

“We will also be juxtaposing culture at the 2016 event looking at Botswana food from the past 50 years and projecting Botswana food in the next 50 years, the same with song and dance.”The SOTS 2016 event will be hosted under the theme ‘Kwa re go yang – Ke Motswana’ to underpin the importance of culture as a pillar of national development.

“We strongly believe that development must be anchored on a strong national identity. The sub-theme for the 2016 event (“Ke Motswana”) is meant for each Motswana to look at the past 50 years before 2016 and also project forward the next 50 years and take pride in the achievements.”

The main event will be staged on the 30th of this month at Serokolwane Lawns. Pusoetsile explained that activities would start this Friday with a workshop in the build up to the main event.

The workshop dubbed Pitsong Workshop will focus on sharing of various Setswana themes and topics. “It usually covers food culture, homestead culture, tribalculture, musical culture and what can now be considered national level culture. All these topics are usually covered from a historical and futuristic point of view. With the key message being how a Motswana of the future will be easily identifiable among Global Citizens.”

Entry into the Pitsong Workshop is usually free and on invitation only. Target groups are those that organise cultural events and also leading cultural thinkers including cultural opinion makers. On Friday 29th January 2016 there will be a Metswaisong Evening Chillas and on Sunday 31st January a Setswana Sunday Jazz powered by Kgalagadi Jazz Beats.

Metswaisong Evening Chillas encompasses storytelling, traditional dance, traditional song, dithamalakane and light hearted Setswana humour.

At the main event Pusoetsile said there will be traditional cuisine, traditional games, song, dance and evening Setswana themed festival. “We will also have stalls selling various traditional themed items at the event,” he said.

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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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