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When musos look out for each other



A number of local artistes gathered under one roof last week in Gaborone to celebrate Diva Vebrok’s 10 years anniversary in the music industry in a bid to instil teamwork and build collaborations among local artistes.

Veronica Brooks aka Vebrok says she’s been crying for these many years I over the lack of collaborations between Botswana artistes. Speaking at the event, Berry Heart the director of ceremonies applauded the diva for the initiative, noting that she is a strong independent woman who represents women in the industry very well through her hard work.

Zenzele of Zen Productions, who is also the president of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), also found the gathering very important as it gave artistes a platform to share and learn about the ups and downs of the industry.

She applauded Vebrok and described her as an exemplary artist and one of the women who are very dedicated to what they do. Some of the artistes who attended the event included Shanti Lo, Wizards of the Dessert, Nono Seile, Trinity, Captain Dira and Thuli of Maphutha Dichaba amongst others.

Chairperson of BEPA and music promoter, PP said in order for artistes in Botswana to succeed they should always look out for each other and support one another. He said that he is impressed by Vebrok as she always welcomes local artistes in South Africa where she is based. On the same night, Vebrok launched her single track, ‘Oteke’ or ‘to live’.

She featured one of her new and upcoming artists, David. Still under her production company, Vebtainment Productions, a dance crew by the name Sswagg Team also had all the artistes eating from the palm of their hands as they danced vigorously to their melodies.

PP noted that by switching from House music to Afro Soul or Niger, Vebrok has indeed matured as an artist. Vebrok was all smiles as she told the Midweek Sun that despite the fact that some of the artistes did not make it to the event, those present had fun and shared ideas as a team.

“Now I know that there is light at the end of the tunnel for our industry here in Botswana because we have met and talked”, she said.

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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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