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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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Micasa, Han C light up Mascom Live Sessions

Tshepo Kehemile

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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

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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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