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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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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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