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Greenland, 19, scoops BTCL best Directory cover design

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An ecstatic 19 year-old Mitchell Greenland is the winner of the 2016 BTCL Telephone Directory Cover design competition. The cover, which particularly illustrates the strides that Botswana has achieved in technology since gaining independence, was unveiled Thursday evening at Thapong Visual Arts Centre in Gaborone.

His concept, theme and how he brought them to life is what set him apart from the many other entrants gunning for the ultimate P80 000 prize money and the opportunity to have his design cover adorn many homes and businesses across the country. Interestingly enough about Greenland’s work is that long before he was crowned the winner, many who had an eye for design had already crowned him the winner.

The young artist who is destined for great things was all smiles and had very little to say that evening. He noted that he was grateful for the opportunity to see his winning design being distributed throughout the country. He is seconded by Aobakwe Letamo (of Lotsane Senior Secondary School) and Soft Motswara (of ABM University) came third. Letamo pocketed P60 000, and Motswara walked home with P50 000.

One of the judges Ofimile Montsiemang explained that they shortlisted 21 artworks, which were cut to the final 10. He said they were looking for original, adaptable (designs that can be redesigned to fit cover) as well as a piece that illustrated that the designer had a good understanding of the theme.
He said that the final 10 designers all had stories to tell but that the winning cover summed up the story, in a winning and uncluttered manner. He encouraged Art teachers to assist the learners when it comes to working on their concepts. “You must help them to learn how to engage through their artworks and tell a winning story,” he said.

Chairperson of the BOT 50 committee, Boyce Sebetela said that a number of the young artists would be exposed to an international workshop and that as the road to the 50th celebrations of Botswana intensified, they were planning to come up with initiatives that would benefit the youth of the country. “We expect to do more next year. We are looking for partners in poetry and essay writing which will be part of the celebrations,” said Sebetela.

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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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