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Rantao gearing up for the Boston African Festival

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Local songbird Kearoma Rantao will return to the studio soon to record her second album. News about the album follows the release of the video for one of her hit songs from her debut album titled When the Music Plays.

The debut album, Let the Music Play was released in 2013. Although she had previously shot the video to the song, she decided to go back to the drawing board and conceptualise a totally fresh and new video that she is content with. This new take of her video came out this April; and it was shot by MODD Media with her younger brother, Thabo Rantao coming on board as the Director.

The other good news is that she will soon be jetting off to South Africa where she is slated to work on one of the songs for her new album with the one and only Ringo Madlingozi. The duo met last year during the Be Mobile Ke Ya Rona Festival, and they both performed in Palapye.

“I will be leaving for South Africa soon, where we will work on the song,” she says. Rantao says she has already compiled the material for her upcoming album and that she is looking at having around 17 songs in the album. Record giants such as Universal and Sony insist on an album having 17 songs as one of the requirements for those who wish to work with them as distributors.

Besides news about her second album, this July, Rantao will leave for Boston, USA, where she is slated to perform at the Boston African Festival. The annual event takes place on July 27th. And while in the US, she will develop some ideas that she has been mapping out with some artists who are based there. “I am hoping that we will meet in studio and make some music,” she notes.

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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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