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David Mbeha is winner of TLC’s next great presenter

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After months of searching and over 1500 entries received, 20-year-old David Mbeha from Namibia has walked away as the winner of TLC Entertainment’s, first-ever, African Next Great Presenter competition.

Since voting opened, the channel received overwhelming support from across the continent with more than 60 000 combined votes received for the Top 3 finalists. “We would like to congratulate David for being crowned as the first winner of our TLC Next Great Presenter competition. David’s passion and love of TLC was evident throughout the competition, and our viewers clearly saw something special in him. For us, the competition showcased the great talent that exists in Africa and we are incredibly excited as we embark on this journey with him.” said Lee Hobbs, VP of Channels for Emerging Business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA.

David will become the channel’s first-ever African presenter and will host TLC TOP 10 – a brand new four-part series coming to TLC Entertainment (DStv 172) on Thursday, 3 December at 21:00. TLC Top 10 will revisit some of the best moments from the channel’s most popular shows, including CAKE BOSS, SAY YES TO THE DRESS and LONG ISLAND MEDIUM, under the four episodic themes;wedding Dresses, Mega Moms, Families and Extreme Passions.

David will also receive a double page spread in the January issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, as well as a holiday for two to a premium resort located in the Indonesian island of Bali, courtesy of Club Med.

“I’m extremely excited and humbled by the opportunity TLC Entertainment has awarded me. I couldn’t have done this without the support of my fans, friends and family who have allowed me to chase my dream. Discovery Networks is truly world class and it’s an honour to be a part of the family and a brand that celebrates real stories,” said David.

“We would like to thank everyone who participated in this competition and members of the public who voted for their favourite presenter. Keep an eye out for more exciting announcements coming to TLC Entertainment in 2016,” concludes Hobbs.

Keep watching TLC Entertainment (DStv 172) for more and join the conversation by liking us on Facebook at “TLC Africa” and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TLC_Africa

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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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