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Vee pockets half a million from deal with ViB Mobile

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Local house kwasa sensation and soon to be Africa’s hottest artist seems to be doing something right when it comes to his musical career and this week he was all smiles and grinning from ear to ear.

The artist in question is none other than Odirile Vee Sento and it appears that he has a magic touch. Whatever he touches turns to gold as evidenced by his success rate. The latest development is that he and local company, ViB Mobile have signed a historic deal that is tipped to be one of the biggest digital music distribution deals in Botswana. It comes with a whopping half a million pula.

The deal gives ViB Mobile exclusive digital distribution rights in Botswana to Vee’s upcoming album that is set for release this year. Through the deal, the album will be available on all three local mobile networks – Orange Botswana, Mascom and beMOBILE.

A release from ViB Mobile explains that the anticipated album that promises to sky rocket the brand of Vee in the continent will feature celebrated artists that include Jah Praizh, Casper Nyovest, Khuli Chana, Professor, Dj Tira and Naak Musiq, Dj Maphorisa and DJ Bucks (UHURU), Trademark, African Roots, to mention a few.

Speaking from South Africa with this publication, Vee said that the deal means a lot for a local company. It is even more special as the company has done something that other local companies have been unable to do, when it comes to supporting the music industry. “I am very proud of what ViB Mobile has been able to do. It is not every company that will have this much faith in the local music scene,” he said. He is equally excited at the opportunities that this deal will bring.

“It gives me power to work hard and put my all into the album. Now I need to make sure that everything regarding the album is right,” he said.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of ViB Mobile, Leroy Monaheng, the deal came about after the realisation that Vee was leading the pack when it comes to downloading caller tunes and ringtones. They sat down with him and mapped a mutually beneficial deal that has given birth to the exciting news.

He said that what they are doing with Vee is in line with what his company is trying to do regarding empowering him and other local artists. “We are hoping for the best regarding this deal and other similar deals. This deal will push local artists to work hard,” he said, adding that they are open to the possibilities of working with artists long before the album is released in order to see how they can assist each other.

Besides Vee, ViB Mobile also worked with most of the top-selling artists in the country including DJ Oats, Culture Spears, MMP Family, Lizibo and Shumba Ratshega. A press release explains that ViB Mobile has pioneered initiatives to make local music easily accessible through digital channels, and that this joint venture with Vee is a huge step in achieving that objective. It also says that between April 2015 and February 2016, ViB Mobile awarded local artistes royalties of around P400, 000.00.

“As the highest selling artist, Vee has led the pack, accumulating over a hundred thousand pula from these digital downloads,” it says. ViB Mobile’s ringtone products and services include Monophonic and Polyphonic Tones, True/MP3 Tones, Full Track Music and Caller Ringback Tunes (CRBT) and are distributed on all the local Mobile Network Operators.

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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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