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Son of the Soil shatters expectations

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The 11th edition of the annual Son of the Soil (SOTS) this year grew in leaps and bounds. The three day event was graced by multitudes especially the main event on Saturday.

Performers did not disappoint. And Dr. Vom aka Botswana’s Black Moses, was by all means the man of the moment on Saturday. He earned himself this name from fans due to his attire, which is akin to that of the Biblical Moses.

When he took to the stage, Dr Vom promised the wild crowd that he’d live up to their expectations. “This is Son of the Soil and when I am here you have to ask for more. We are going to sing together because son of the soil is all about together. I see that there seems to be a dull mood here, so I am going to change that”, he said.

Dr. Vom got everyone on their toes and pushing their way close to the stage. His hit song ‘Tsaya Thobane’ sent people wild as he got off the stage with his dancers to join the crowd.The other group that was in its element as usual was Mafitlhakgosi. The group is a crowd puller.

As usual the event on Saturday was kick-started by choirs in the afternoon. The two choirs North and South compete against each other every year. The choirs are made up of people who have attended the event. Those who come from the North of Dibete come together and become known as North Choir and those from the South do the same.

This year the competition was won by the South Choir. SOTS, which started in 2005 was this years staged with the aim of celebrating the past 50 years of cultural independence and projecting forward into the next 50 years.

It was hosted under the theme ‘Kwa re go yang – Ke Motswana’ an affirmation of the central role that culture plays as a pillar of national development. The sub-theme for the 2016 event (“Ke Motswana”) according to organisers is a nudging to every Motswana to reflect on the past 50 years and also project forward the next 50 years with a view to contributing to the continued definition of a Botswana culture.

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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

Tshepo Kehemile

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In what can be described as two sets of ‘electrifying’ performances, South Africa-based house music group Micasa and the local talented lad Hanceford Magapatona popularly known as Han-C put up massive performances that kept revellers on their on their feet at Botswana Craft this past Friday.

Initially, this year’s Mascom Live Sessions entailed Micasa who are actually among the favourites in the local music circles, the local musician who have been strides off late Han-C and local Deejay (DJ) Robin Chivazve affectionately known as Robbie Rob to come and entertain the crowd that graced the occasions.

Han-C kick-started the show with a couple of songs from his previous album such as Sedi laka, Changes just to mention a few and the crowd relished the epic enactments just before the introduction Micasa. The local artiste concluded by singing the adored song dubbed Tladi mothwana (Rejection) and it was just marvellous.

As the night went on, Micasa’s turn to get on stage to astound the crowd arrived, and they did not disappoint as well. The group performed a variety of songs from their previous album that had the crowd singing along with the lead vocalist J’Something who was incredible on the night, noted that the link with the audience was just unbelievable. “Impressed with the crowd, loves Botswana and always enjoys performing in Botswana. Batswana like music and this is one of the best performances we have ever had here,” he said.

DJ Robbie Rob concluded the show with impressive ‘house music mix’ on the decks. The revellers danced away and seemed disappointed when the show came to an end.

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Moonga.K drops debut album

Irene Shone

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Moonga Kapambwe who goes by the stage name Moonga.K has finally released his first album, which was launched in style this past Sunday at Gaborone Club.

The former My African Dream 2009 winner has indeed come back with a bang with that mature voice and pleasant music to the ear. He still carries that energy that leaves a lot eating from the palms of their own hands. His new album, ‘Wild Solace’ which is an Alternative Soul genre astonished the audience as they all appreciated his talent.

The endowed artiste says that he has dubbed his genre Alternative Soul because of the variety of genres that it encompasses. “The album has blended different genres of music including; Afro blues, Jazz, rock, soul, RnB and a bit of Gospel,” he said.

His album, Wild Solace is a motivational album that is aimed at enlightening people that even if one goes through pain at some point in life, they would always overcome it and regain peace once again. The courageous young artiste says that the Judge’s Choice Award that he got from My African Dream in 2009 would always humble him, as it has definitely opened doors for him in his music career through exposure. He explained that he now lives by the slogan ‘Keeping the dream alive’.

This, he explains that he has now come to conquer because he is already hosting his own concerts and events, which is something that he has always wanted. He also prides himself in the fact that he has written all his songs. “I am very proud of this album, and to be precise, the people I have worked with. The album simply describes the state of mind I was at as I wrote all the songs,” he said.

The live performance went explicitly well with the audience cheering and singing along to songs from the album. Some of Moonga.K’s title songs from the 10-track album include; Let go, Walking Emoji, Fink’s wave and Incandescent. His mother, Moono Kapambwe expressed gratitude towards the people of Botswana, saying that they have always been supportive to his son and he is humbled by the fact that Moonga.K has become such a responsible young man who is not distracted and takes his passion seriously.

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