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Diva Vebrok will tonight celebrate ten years in the music and entertainment industry.

Veronica Brooks affectionately known as ‘Diva Vebrok’ will tonight be celebrating her tens years in the music industry. The ‘Thanks giving ceremony’ will take place at the Empire Lounge (Old United Cafe) this evening starting at 6pm. Under her wing she has four successful albums and one single, produced both in Botswana and South Africa.

The diva says she notices that Botswana artists are not working closely together for the benefit of the growth of the music industry and she believes it is about time Botswana musicians supported each other. Her ‘Thanks giving ceremony’ will be an opportunity for her to instil the spirit of collaboration and togetherness with other local artists.

“The main reason for the event is to instil the spirit of team work and encourage more collaboration among Batswana artists just like in our neighbouring countries. I believe that this could be possible since the Setswana saying, ‘Kgetsi ya tsie e kgonwa ke go tshwaraganelwa’. “I will also be introducing some of my newly discovered artists tonight and to make the day more memorable I will also be releasing my new single track, featuring David titled ‘Oteke’; this is a mix of Nigerian and Zambian sounds and when loosely translated the track inspirers people to ‘live’.

Diva Vebrok further explains that the inspiration for the song is to encourage lovers to forgive each other and always know that both a man and a woman can make mistakes. It  comes after her previous single, ‘’Sorry babe” The diva also encourages female artists to stand up for themselves and not depend on men for whatever they want to achieve in the industry.

“In that regard I want to be exemplary to women and show them that we can. I have even managed to manage good artists like Captain Dira and I was the first person to bring an international artist, Khanda Bongo Man to Botswana

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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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