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Masa determined to maintain good pass rate

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For the past 10 years, Masa Primary School has been featured among the best performing top five schools out of the 48 primary schools in the south-east district.

The environment at the school is positive, as students, teachers and staff in general believe ‘excellence is the standard.’  Since 2011, the school has been doing well. AB results were 59 percent and 61.6 percent for the years 2011 and 2012. ABC results were 94 percent and 93 percent during the same years, respectively.

For 2013 and 2014, AB 59.3 percent and 95.2 percent were recorded, while ABC was 95.2 percent and 61.3 percent and 92.7 percent. A slight drop was recorded last year with AB 53.3 percent and ABC 90.6 percent.

During a recent motivational session with members of the media, school Head, Brenda Kolaagano said Masa has over 1 000 pupils from Gaborone, Mmopane, Mochudi and Mmankgodi. However, the challenge is that eight of them are taught out in the open under trees.

Several teachers emphasised that teaching outside in the open was a challenge as there is no use of teaching aids. However, they remained optimistic. “Excellence is our standard and we are able to make it through determination and resilient teachers,” said school head, Kolaagano.

Senior teacher Languages, Omphemetse Rakobonyana pleaded with members of the media to adopt the school, or to take the message to the public and private companies, institutions and parastatals.

Invited media practitioners taught passionately on self-awareness, career guidance, discipline and peer pressure. They also interacted with students who shared with them their dreams of being future presidents, lawyers, journalists, pilots and doctors. “We will continue to work hard to exceed our individual targets,” said one of the school prefects, Eunice Motswaiso.

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Motlha to finally release debut album

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Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

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TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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