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A match made in heaven



Kagiso Nitombe, 30, and his lady Nyalalani Chemist, 29, celebrated their wedding on Sunday 27 March in Botale village.

Nitombe, born and raised in Ramokgwebana, said that he will never forget the day he set his eyes on his queen. It was in August 2006 when Nitombe attended a festival with two of his friends at Mogo Hotel oblivious that this was the day he would meet his sweetheart. At the festival he says, “We sat next to the two girls – I didn’t know that one of them is my wife!” But the moment he set his eyes on one of the ladies his heart began to beat so fast that he felt the lady was his divine partner.

“It was the first time I experienced that kind of feeling. I didn’t know how to approach her but fortunately my friends knew her”, he says. Nitombe then introduced himself to her and even asked for her contacts. Everything just seemed magical as things happened so fast yet there was a spirit of agreement between them. 

The most challenging factor was that Nitombe was just left with a week to go to Malaysia for further studies. For five full years he studied at the Multimedia University, Malaysia, for his BA (Hons) Banking and Finance. But even when he was that far away he kept believing that one day he’d tie the knot and stay with his sweetheart.

“We used to communicate everyday, using all modes of communication and it seemed as if she was with me in Malaysia”, he adds. Nyalalani Chemist, an Environmental Health Inspector at the Tlokweng Council expressed her happiness at finally tying the knot with her beau. Of her wedding experience she cherishes the Patlo ceremony.

“During Patlo I was kept away from him and spent sometime with some women who dressed me and prepared me to meet my man”, she says. And her smile became permanently fixed on her face the moment her elders handed her to her husband at the gate. “It was nice, I loved it and I’ve long heard about Patlo and it was quite an experience”, she 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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