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Nnunu shoots video, works on 2nd studio album

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Three years after the release of her award winning debut album, Nnunu Ramogotsi has finally shot a video to one of the songs that cemented her place in the hearts of music lovers both locally and internationally.

The video to the hit song Mmasonoko will be released soon and it is presently being edited and given its final touches. It was shot recently at the Bahurutshe Cultural Village in Mmankgodi by Studio 24.  

The debut album Mmasonoko was released in 2012. An ecstatic Nnunu told Vibe that the song Mmasonoko speaks about a wedding, cows and patlo. She also says that they have stayed true to that theme in the video, and that they went for a traditional feel. She blames her “hectic work schedule” for the long time it took her to produce videos for her debut album.

“A good video is not something that you make in a rush. It’s a process that has a lot of dynamics such as telling the story in a winning formula, having a budget for everything, finding the right wardrobe as well as timing,” she said adding that everything had to be coordinated well.

In the first week of May, she will be going back to studio to record songs for her second album. She is working with Daniel Njoroge (producer from her first album) who is presently based in Cape Town. And the album will be recorded at Hi Note Studios (owned by Tshepo Lesole).

“I am raising the tempo in this album. It took me this long because I want a product that will blow people away, and I want it to surpass what Mmasonoko achieved,” she said, adding that she has been writing material through the years.

The songs are inspired by everyday life, and they are educational and inspirational. “I have an incredible story to tell,” she said.

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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