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Presidents ‘concert captivates audience

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Members from the Mophato Dance Theatre, Sky Blue Dance hHub and Sereetsi and the Natives came together to display creativity through their different arts to give the audience an unforgettable experience.

The first act of the concert titled ‘Togetherness’ was written, directed and choreographed by Clayton Ndlovu. In this act the performers including the MCs for the night were dressed like cats. They acted and behaved like cats; purring, licking their ‘paws’, sometimes walking on all four, both hands and feet. The setting was a rubbish place where garbage is disposed off.

The cats were divided into two rival gang groups competing in the ‘cat glorious cup challenge’. The sub story in the act involved two gang members in love with one another but unable to pursue their love due to the gang rivalry. One cat was played by Leshie Lovesong who sang heartbrokenly because she could not be with the cat she loved.

Each gang danced in different dance styles; one group was break-dancing, b-boking and doing the splits whilst the other danced traditional styles and themes. Both gangs gave each other moments to perform their routine, with a fight breaking out after each dance. These fights were often ended by the MCs for the night. At the end of the competition, the judge cat would announce the winner; with the message being that instead of competing against one another they should learn to work together.

The second act of the concert was titled, ‘Let’s celebrate Botswana’ and was directed by Gao Lemmenyane. Unlike the first the second act included three women dressed in Herero traditional wear and singing and dancing whilst playing traditional instruments like Segaba and Setinkane in a funky way.

Spiza Valentino and Amantle sang a duet called ‘When I die’ which was followed by Spiza, Sereetsi & the Natives, Thabang and Leshie Lovesong’s performance of a popular local song Robete much to the delight of the audience.

At the end of the night a cheque from the show’s sponsors was presented to the beneficiary of the concerts proceeds being the Tebogo Horatius Carter Foundation (THC Foundation); a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing support for women and children who are victims of gender based violence.

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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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