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Son of the Soil shatters expectations



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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GOING PLACES:The singer has a new offering

CharmaGal is back with a bang. After a hiatus, following her hit Jabu last year, she has released an all Setswana thriller album just in time for festive.

The local music sensational is back into her stardom feat, the album brings yet another set of tracks in her 8-track album titled Lekgamu la bananyana. Touch Records in Gaborone officially released the album this past week.

During a media brief held at Botswana Craft in Gaborone this past week, CharmaGal revealed that she has been working hard on the album thus having high expectations on it. According to Charma, Lekgamu la bananyana is a notch high than her previous music deliverables.

Speaking to Vibe a day before boarding a plane to the United Kingdom where she was performing alongside South Africa’s BabesWodumo, she said that what makes her unique is staying to her craft. The Mmokolodi hit-maker said that it is giving what you are to the people that then opportunities arise for artists.

“People need to stay true to their uniqueness, this new album represent my style of delivering music, that represents my key and my melody that is why it is easy for people to react to it,” shared CharmaGal.

She also said that piracy is a concern in the music fraternity, adding that she has targets she has set for herself in regards to the number of copies she wants to sell on the album. “New technology remains a mystery for us artists, in a day after the release of the album, people will be she sharing out the music through Whatsapp and other social media networks and that is amazing.”

Meanwhile, a week after the release of the album, track 3, dubbed Banyana, is driving CharmaGal fans crazy. The song has already been played on various radio stations in the country. In the song, CharmaGal says that she does not need to get to work because she has hangover garnered from the weekend. **The album is available at most music stores.

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Shamele drops solo kwaito offering

Irene Shone



omolemo Thepa aka Shamele says kwaito music has taken out the artiste in him and he plans to elevate the genre as time goes. The 27-year-old recently released his first-ever solo single dubbed, ‘Dula S’tilo’.

He tells Vibe that the new single was actually written to honour the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi as he sat on the presidency throne. He explains that he has been in the music industry for the past six years, featuring other artistes but decided to [produce his solo work this year.

“I have written this song and composed it to dedicate it to Masisi as a way of welcoming him to his new position,” he says.Shamele is confident that having worked with a variety of well-established artistes has given him light and direction to grow the Kwaito genre. Asked why he chose Kwaito of all other genres, he said that Kwaito is unstoppable and just needs nurturing.

“I found Kwaito in existence when I was growing up, and I have never come across any boring rhythm of Kwaito music. It is just unstoppable and thus, I want to be associated to it.”
He also shares with Vibe that local talent kept him motivated to also have a dream of becoming a solo artiste.

“The Real Magosi group inspired me to be where I am today together with all the local artistes in general because I embrace local music.” Shamele further says that he takes pride in the fact that he has already performed his song in the president’s presence recently in Moshupa at an event.

He also appreciates the positive feedback that he already has on his new work. Dula S’tilo currently enjoys airplay at Duma Fm, RB1 and RB2. The single was produced at True-African Studios. Shamele says that at the moment, he is focused on building his brand and give his fans and the local music industry the best.

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