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Noello plans big for 2016



From a tender age motswakolista Mooketsi Letlhalerwa also known as Noello has loved music.

He used to singalong to other artistes’ songs. He was so good at it that his friends eventually asked him why he could not write his own music and pursue a career in music. He took this advice to heart and that’s when it all began for him.

Although he was sure of his talent, it was only in 2007/2008 that he started recording but still he wasn’t contented. He wanted great quality music. In 2009/2010 he released his first EP which had six tracks to test his music in the market. It was received warmly and so he started working on making more music.

A soldier by profession, Noello juggles his music career with his 07:30-16:30 job. Sometimes he encounters a clash of interest but for now, he says he’s managing under the circumstances.

He has had collaborations with other local artistes such as A.T. I. and Mosako. One formula he uses to choose an artist to do a collaboration with is to find out if he can learn something from that artist. He discourages the tendency of just picking artists randomly.

One of his songs, magaolwane has received a lot of airplay locally but he insists this was not the highlight of his career. In fact that moment came when his music was played on the background of the local South African soapie, Rockville. It was a very special moment in his career, he says.

Noello also emphasises the importance of having a good management team. He started off as a one-man show but eventually realised that no man is an island and roped in ‘PP’ of Gilbert Promotions as his manager.

As an artist he says, one’s job is to focus on being in the studio and making good quality music. This motswakolista is not only into music, he has his own clothing label, which he started to maintain a permanent presence in people’s minds.

His plans for 2016 are to make more merchandise from this label and sell. He also wants to make more videos from his album, which won him best hip hop/motswako album at the BOMU awards.

He wants to remake it and feature some international acts in it.

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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

Tshepo Kehemile



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



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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