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Licky finally drops EP, album loading

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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.

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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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