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Guyvos, the whistling DeeJay

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In the cutthroat entertainment industry that boasts big-headed people, it’s always refreshing to meet a down to earth and humble person like McGyver Serero popularly known as DJ Guyvos.

Guyvos has become renowned for gracing our screens on the local music show, Flava Dome. And from some of the dance moves he often pulls in the studio, it’s easy to imagine what he’s capable of in a party setting.

Dancing has been a part of his life from as young as six years. He remembers attending the consumer fair, then known only as the agricultural ‘show’ and answering to a request by the BDF band for a volunteer to dance on stage.

Although he had not practised, he danced his heart out when he got on that stage. So good was he that he was called again to dance during the remaining days of the fair and the next year. That was his introduction to the performing arts.

Between 2005 and 2006 he was a backup dancer for the group Exodus, then in 2008 for DJ LaTimmy. It was La Timmy who saw Guyvos potential to become a DJ and he took him under his wing to teach him deejaying. 

This was in 2012 and he fell in love with it.This young man’s energies, whether he is on Flavadome, party or a club can’t be helped but noticed. Blowing a whistle whilst he is on the decks has become his trademark. He explains that when he is playing and doesn’t have it, people often ask him about and it why he doesn’t have it. “Go letsa phala ke tsela e nngwe ya go oketsa monate wa pina fa ke letsa,” he adds.

He says people often make the mistake of assuming his energies are influence by substances but that is not the case. He is of sober habits: no drinking, no smoking, no doing drugs.

It is his love for music that makes him look like he is going wild when he is on stage.In 2015 his song -pina ena – in which he features Rose, received massive airplay from local radio stations and more than 8000 downloads which is something that humbled him.

In 2016 he plans on releasing another major hit at the end of April. He also wants to learn more about the production side of music.He cautions other upcoming artists against working alone and not asking for help when they need it because no man is an island. He says everybody needs a little help here and there.

It is when an artist doesn’t ask for help that he/she ends up doing a sloppy job.

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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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