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DJ Darkboy Masey takes house music industry by storm

It is a sweltering weekday morning when I meet Masego Ntshontsi, popularly known as DJ DarkBoy Masey for an interview. He is currently making waves in the house music industry but there is none of the pomp one would expect of a local artist making it big in neighbouring South Africa. He arrives alone, dressed in simple jeans, plain T-shirt and sneakers. The only sign of lavishness is the expensive-looking Gucci watch on his wrist. He is punctual, and waits patiently while I finish my morning cuppa. He comes across as shy and reserved. To break the ice, I ask if it is true that he had a fling with Zodwa waBantu as a certain gossip page reported. He laughs and exclaims: “Oh no, that was not true. Zodwa and I are worlds apart: our personalities are different, we wouldn’t click.


17th January 2018

Amantle Brown nominated in Ugandan awards

17th January 2018

Local singer Amantle Brown, who recently released the video to the touching song, Sa Pelo, to much acclaim, has been nominated in the AMI Afrika People’s Choice Awards 2018 under the best female Southern artist category. The single that earned her this nomination is the much-loved Black Mampatile. She will compete to bag the big prize alongside Celo Ice Queen, Zahara, Neyma, Babes Wodumo, Lizha, Shashi, Sally Boss Madam and Londie London. Amantle Brown has previously been nominated in the AFRIMMA awards in 2015. The energetic songstress has managed to capture the Afro beats sound with her catchy tunes such as Follo but has not deviated too much from her original ballads sounds that earned her popularity when she first dropped the song Moratiwa. Amantle Brown will fly out to Uganda in March for the awards slated for the 24th of the same month. 

Motlha releases soothing single Mma Motse

17th January 2018

Local Afro Jazz and R&B singer Motlha Mompe recently released a single titled Mma Motse. He wrote the song, recorded at the Roc Lefatshe Records. The smooth jam narrates how a woman can be a pillar one can against even in the toughest of all moments.

ATI aims to invest in his own businesses

17th January 2018

Last year’s BOMU music awards biggest winner ATI has revealed to VIBE that 2018 will be an even bigger year for him as he will concentrate on branding himself by spreading his wings. He shared that one of his plans is to sell and distribute branded pens, pencils and school bags. He pointed out that many students look at him as a role model hence the idea to create products bearing his brand.

DIY HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE

17th January 2018

 

Miss Northern Arts Awards slated for February

17th January 2018

Chairman of the Northern Arts Awards (NAA) Ontiretse Zuma Nthinthie Bakaile recently told VIBE that they will host Miss NAA on 28 February in Francistown., in continued efforts to brand the awards. Bakaile further said that registration for the beauty pageant is on and they have decided to target all those who have won the past Miss Independence crown at their various villages and town more especially in the northern part of the country.

Shay drops smashing new single, Bala Bala

17th January 2018

Hip-Hop enthusiast and rapper Motswasejane Phongula Dinonyane also known as ‘Shay’ joined forces with his friend and fellow rapper Junior to bring another smash track to Botswana’s airwaves titled Bala Bala. Shay noted that the single speaks to the “noise” he has been hearing around the hip-hop genre of late. “Being a (hip-hop) purist, this has both hurt and annoyed me and I felt something must be said or done. I would like for the local (hip-hop) scene to get back to rapping as that was and still should be what BW Hip Hop is known for.

Pastor Sovi withdraws 10k sponsorship of BOMU gospel category

17th January 2018

Prophet Isaiah Brian Sovi who was kicked out of Botswana in October last year left Botswana Music Union (BOMU) with egg on their face when he revoked his sponsorship for the best gospel category award. The ‘man of God’ who is reportedly a millionaire, who owns IBS Consortium that has stakes in forex trading, fashion, real estate and freight, had made a pledge for P10, 000 in the best gospel category of the BOMU awards. Ouna was the category winner.

BOOK WORM

10th January 2018

It is that time of the year when most people reflect on their lives and make new goals. In the process, you might want to revisit your purpose and realign your goals as you strive to live your best life and achieve your dreams. There are times in life when you might wonder what the whole point of living is but this book can help pull you out of that negative thought pattern and focus on the bigger picture.

Nomina serenades local crowd during media launch

10th January 2018

Motswana singer based in Germany, Nomina, gave a marvellous musical act at her media launch presentation this past Thursday at the Mop Restaurant in Gaborone. Members of the media, fans, well-wishers and musicians thronged in style and poise at the Riverwalk based restaurant for the launch. The diner’s young faced attendants provided drinks before the event could commence while stand-up comedy kept the early birds amused as they gulped on their beverages. The “Mama Land” hit maker Nomina, born in Zimbabwe and raised in Botswana’s capital Gaborone was last to arrive and the audience applauded her as she made her way in with her German manager Stefen Lembert.

GREAT BEGINNINGS!!!

10th January 2018

For super, quick light and delicious starters, peaches and nectarines are a must go to. You can always serve slices of the fruits with a salty cured ham and add peppery rocket leaves. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are also a winner…yes!! You can wash and toss strawberries with a few teaspoons of castor sugar then leave them at room temperature. Serve with a drizzle of your best balsamic vinegar. Sweet cherries also work just as well as with savoury foods. Belonging to the same family as the cucumbers, courgettes are best roasted, griddled or lightly sautéed in olive oil. Add them to stir fries, or grate and use in courgette fritters with some feta cheese. Beetroot, a wonderfully versatile vegetable, when roasted its favour is intensified –simply drizzle with olive oil and cumin seeds or try it raw juiced with carrots or grated into salad. There is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to easily help you reach your five a day. Take a trip to the farmers or vegetable market where fresh fruits in season are often available.

Tlamelo Malebe ends 2017 on a high note

10th January 2018

Upcoming rapper Tlamelo Malebe has had a splendid 2017. He has released a mixtape titled Watching Success, which sold relatively well across the country. Two banging singles, The daeyz and Basco, which enjoyed airplay on local radio stations, accompanied the mixtape. The Ramotswa-born lad also won big at the Ramotswa Youth awards, walking away with the Best Upcoming Artist of the year gong. This set of attainments has not just opened doors for Malebe but opportunities are also knocking at his door. “I think I am getting tons of recognition, a number of established artists have approached me, I cannot mention names but look out for massive collaborations in the coming year because we have struck big deals,” he said. Malebe said that he has had unlimited bookings since the release of his debut mixtape Watching Success. “Bookings are coming in handy and I can’t deny I am enjoying the fruits of my hard work, it’s always amazing to perform in front of a stupendous crowd, it’s what every artist strive for and I am proud it came this early in my career,” said the 23-year-old artist. Malebe is set to release a single titled Go tlaa siama earlier next year, the video will be accompanied by the video “We have already shot the video and it’s just a matter of time until the team decides on the release date, we don’t want to keep everyone waiting but the video will be out earlier next year.”

Rhumba kwasa songstress Sister Khumo drops new offering

10th January 2018

Rhumba kwasa-kwasa songstress Khumo Pinaenang, popularly known as Sister Khumo, has released her fourth album KENALESENGWE together with her backing artistes Star Band. Sister Khumo working with well-known record label company – Octave Records, who have been busy in the studio putting together the masterpiece produced by Kunda Bwanga. The six-track album titled Kenalesengwe is a composition of both laid back and hyper tracks. Sister Khumo noted that she wanted to improve her music. “It is high time, I take my music to another level.


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