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Dr Vom saves the day at Nata Cultural Day

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Matsosangwao traditional group caused a lot of pain for Nata residents who had thronged Nata Senior Secondary school for their culture day when they pulled a no show. The event, which was graced by Kgosi Puso Gaborone and other important dignitaries, was held in a bid to raise funds for the official opening of the school slated for September 2018. The group was contracted together with other prominent cultural groups including Dr Vom, Bana Bana ba Ntogwa and many others who did not disappoint as they honoured the contractual obligations.

Event organiser, Tiro Semumu informed VIBE on the side-lines of the show that they had contracted Matsosangwao to headline the show only for the group to AWOL during the fully packed cultural day leaving a good number of revelers disappointed as they had expected to see the group live in Nata. “What was most disappointing is the fact that the group leader kept our hopes high by assuring us that they were on their way to Nata only for us to learn that the group had decided to go to Khawa instead. This on its own put us under pressure from those who had come in large numbers for the show,” he said. Despite the group’s absence, the Tsaya Thobane hit maker Dr Vom came to the rescue as his performance during the day and at night made revellers to forget about the absence of Matsosangwao whom they had expected to entertain them.

When Tsaya Thobane churned out from the massive sound system, revelers immediately went wild with excitement and joined the ever-energetic Dr Vom in song and dance.Another group which nearly disappointed was Bana Bana Ba Ntogwa who arrived at the show at around 9pm when they supposed to have graced the event during the day like many other groups from far flung areas such as Kasane. When the Ikalanga traditional group descended on the stage, it was electrifying as those who were furious at them forgot about their anger and joined the group in a wild dance until the show ended.

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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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