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Katuta on a mission to unearth music talent



Alfredo Mos’s longtime guitarist, Kapenda Katuta has registered a music company that will serve aspiring local artistes.

He will undertake a countrywide tour beginning February 28 to search for talent. Katuta who resides in Molepolole says there is a lot of music talent in Botswana which only needs to be explored and nurtured.

He discovered this in his many years of playing guitar when young aspiring artistes would approach him to ask how he could help them start a career in music. “I have listened to more than 20 demos in Molepolole and they are raw gems that only need polishing and refining by someone who has an ear for music. I will work with them”, he said.

He spoke to Alfredo Mosimanegape in May 2014 about the idea of helping aspiring artists and how they could help them grow in terms of music. “I chose Alfredo Mos because he is a veteran in music, former BOMU President and has the equipment that we can use”, he said. The talent search will start in Molepolole and run through the southern district in March.

Katuta said that the idea is to help these aspiring artistes in all kinds of music genres be it kwasakwasa, kwaito or jazz and any other music. The idea is to gather these artistes together and train them on intricacies of music, how to start a band, what it entails to record and acquaint them with music promoters who can market their shows and music, as well as acquaint them with the Arts and Culture office.

Alfredo Mos applauded the initiative and emphasized that the intention is to unearth talent and nurture it by exposing youngsters to the youth grants available for starting a business at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

“Music is a career that can sustain one if practised professionally and so having experience will help these youngsters to qualify for these grants,”, he 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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