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Noello plans big for 2016

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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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CHARMA GAL DROPS NEW ALBUM

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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

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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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