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“I was taking people to hell”

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Many will remember Kealeboga DJ Kellz Gaelebale as a charmer boy who used to entertain lovers at nightclubs. But he says the days of seeing his face at nightclubs and festivals are over.

DJ Kellz has stopped playing at clubs and parties and has decided to use his skills to expand God’s kingdom. He tells The Midweek Sun that his 12 years as R&B and Hip Hop DJ have not done him any good. He says that behind the romantic music he used to play at clubs was a man frustrated at living a double standard life.

Even when he pulled crowds, his heart was far from the scene. “I was worried that I was making money out of a music that encourages drinking and sex. I was taking people to hell,” he says, emphasising that he was never really happy.

The 30 year-old is popular for his previous Yarona FM Wednesday show called The Heat where he mixed R&B and Hip Hop hits. As of February 1 this year, DJ Kellz says he had an encounter with God where he heard him speak directly to him.

He was supposed to do a Toni Braxton exclusive mix and listeners were excited. However, he did not show up at work and rather called his programmes manager telling him that he was not going to make it that evening.

“God told me that my time was up and that I should use the gift he has given me for him,” he states. He would then have a meeting with his programmes manager the following day and told him that he was not comfortable hosting The Heat anymore and recommended rather an inspirational show that would change people’s lives.

It was at that meeting that The Revolution show was born. It was launched last Sunday and listeners were impressed at the word of God shared and uplifting songs. The show airs every Sunday at 10pm till midnight.

“I’ve let God down but I’m also happy that he has given me a second chance to serve him,” he says. He is now a committed Christian with a calling to serve.

Will he miss the money that he has been making from playing at nightclubs and festivals? The AAT graduate from Botswana Accountancy College says he has a business that does research on customer experience. But again, his full trust is in God.

“He will provide. When he closes a door, He opens a bigger one,” he says with a smile. He is currently pursuing a BComm in Marketing.

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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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