Licky is a sensational singer/rapper who took the local music industry by storm a few years ago when she dropped Real Love. The song, that talks about the beauty of innocent unconditional love, played from every corner, and the unique R&B and hip-hop sound not familiar on the local scene, catapulted her to stardom. The sultry lass has been on a roll since then and even when she appeared to have disappeared from the limelight, it would seem that she was busy cooking up her latest offering. The success of Real Love was followed by Eshe and most recently Real bad, which features Dramaboi.
She recently dropped her EP titled For a Moment: #4am. She explains that all ten songs were inspired by different experiences as they were done over a period of time. “I experienced and observed different things during that time, so all the songs have their substance, message and feel,” she says. She had released four singles being: Free Love, Eshe, Push Away and Real bad. The latest song likely to blaze airwaves is 18 Again. “It is a feel good song with a house feel. It was my first time dabbling in the genre. The songs talks about living in the moment and throwing your cares away,” she says.
She says that the release of the EP had been a long time coming. “I had been sitting on this work and realised it was time for me to give the public what they deserve. It is good music that people from all works of life can identify with,” she explains. The EP is available on online streaming platforms such as SoundCloud and ITunes. Licky says that the hard copy of the album is available at Setlhareng.com. All of Licky’s songs reflect creativity, artistry and impressive quality, which is hardly surprising, as she has worked with the finest producers in the local music industry, Bangu, Prez Beats, Man E and Ace J. The soft-spoken beauty further says that she always wanted to release her EP on her birthday, 12 May, but couldn’t due do that to logistical issues. She is now relieved that the EP is out and she can focus on completing her album.
“I am two songs away from finishing work on my album. I want people to experience the best of my music. I can’t confirm a release date now but the album will be a keeper,” she says. Licky’s growth in the music industry has been slow but stable and she concedes that she has taken her time to refine and perfect her craft. Licky will perform at DJ Frost’s birthday party on 31 May at MYKOP.
Making outstanding art through waste material
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.”
BOMU awards go on…
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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