ATI wins big at lit YAMAs

 The 4th annual Yarona Music Awards (YAMAs) held at GICC this past weekend were a glitzy and lit affair. It was packed to the rafters and revelers arrived dressed to the nines. In a brief welcome address, Yarona FM station manager Kelly Ramputswa noted that the awards were meant to celebrate and encourage home-grown talent. She said they recognised the immense talent in Botswana and remained committed to helping to nurture and cultivate it. “Our music has grown in leaps and bounds and our station continues to give local artists the platform to showcase their talent.

13th February 2018

Reunited Culture Spears to rock GC...Charma Gal to be part of the traditional outfit

13th February 2018

The leader of international acclaimed local traditional group Culture Spears Kabelo Mogwe says that the once-popular group has finally reunited and will go on tour soon. The group, which had bragging rights in Southern Africa split some years back following the divorce of its lead singer Mogwe and Magdeline ‘Charma Gal’ Lesolebe, which pained most of their fans as they believed that they were a match made in heaven.

Elbow rebrands as Luther October

13th February 2018

her October (formerly known as Elbow) has returned in 2018 with a re-brand surprise and says that ‘this is only the first step to great leaps this year’. The rapper’s decision to take this turn in his musical career comes as no surprise to those close to him, as he has been stressing how his brand needs to take a mature route as well as expanding beyond the great duo that is ‘FME Artists’, which was formed back in 2013. He has also confirmed that indeed he will be dropping music with the pair known as ‘FME Artists’ alongside Slow G as well as solo music. “The music will be released in style and will signify our growth in music,” he says.

DJ Phazz drops impressive 12-track album

13th February 2018

addresses social ills in society and encourages introspection and peace. He has been in the music industry for 15 years and has amassed experience that gives him a unique edge. In an interview with Vibe, he explains that he dedicated this album to address youth on behavioural change. “I want them to scrutinise on issues like love matters and hence my music is house music genre, so I am convinced that the message will reach out to them through this genre that they appreciate as young people,” he says. He points out that the album however also targets older people and preaches the importance of embracing peace within families and the nation at large.

Queen of Jazz Punah releases fifth studio album

13th February 2018

Queen of Jazz Punah Gabasiane- Molale has released a fifth sizzling Afro Jazz album. She held a listening session last Thursday for the album titled ‘Jazzing up’ prior to its official release this week. Jazz fanatics together with other seasoned musicians across all genres thronged Dros in Molapo Crossing to witness in person as the “Iyoo nna” singer serenaded the audience with some soothing jams from her latest album. Punah gave a thunderous music presentation after long speeches given by the event attendees among them, the Minister of Basic Education Unity Dow.

Mavilos takes his solo career to new heights

13th February 2018

For a few years he was the one half of the popular group Matshikos but Mavilos has now stepped out to pursue a solo career. He insists that he has always wanted to work solo but stepped into Matshikos for a while to fill in for someone. The experience and exposure proved valuable. “I always knew that I would go solo eventually. Dan Tshanda, who I worked with, was quite supportive when I told him that I would go at it alone in 2011,” he says.

Leroy Nyoni takes his artistry to new heights

13th February 2018

Leroy Nyoni will release fresh material in 2018 that promises to catapult his artistry to new heights. The first act is ‘Power of One’ which is a live music group centered on the founder himself, Nyoni, but continues to grow with other talented local artists and musicians who will show face from time to time. According to Nyoni: “The establishment of this group comes after having released an album titled ‘The Bechuanaland Sessions’ under the group WDP which saw jazz renditions of local songs. WDP being one of many musical outlets that will specialize in specific genres, WDP’s being Jazz and Crossover hence the need for associated acts. Power of One will focus strictly on Pop, Rap and RnB primarily.”

ATI wins big at YAMAs, Bouncy's butt steals the show

5th February 2018

Local music songstress Bouncy had the YaronaFM Music Awards (YAMAs) in overdrive with a sensational performance that had the ecstatic crowd eating from her bare behinds at the GICC on Saturday night. It was actually her fully exposed butt that literally stole the limelight at the glitzy show, leaving revellers at the 4th annual awards event gasping, panting and cheering for more of her scintilating performance. The bold beauty took to the stage almost half naked to perform her latest song 'Serope mperekela' dressed in a very short black top and what looked like a g-string beneath. She gyrated, twirled and  twerked on stage, showing off her buttocks to the crowd. Other notable performances were by Juju boy, Amantle Brown as well as South Africans Khuli Chana  and HHP. The biggest winner of the night, ATI, closed the show with a performance of his hit 'Khiring Khorong,' which won the Song of the Year award. Other winners include: Best newcomer-YauBannerma; Best female-Bouncy; Best male-Han C; Social media award-Mdu The Party; Hall of fame award-Tribal Monks, among others.

Voice of Change gives gospel, makes a positive impact through music

29th January 2018

Living by the notion together we can go far, a group of youth from different parts of Gaborone gathered under a sole mission to give higher praises and worship the creator in music. Voice of change (VOC) is a modern gospel music group of young people whose age ranges between 18 and 35 years old. Their style of delivering the gospel to their audience is made up of a divergent series of voices ranging from soprano to bass that is backed with live instruments.

Cooking the best with your microwave oven

29th January 2018

A microwave is a boon to busy cooks. Dishes can be cooked ahead, frozen and reheated on the day. It is ideal to make sauces in the last minute and heating snacks, desserts, coffee and so on. Like most appliances, the microwave oven is not suitable for cooking certain foods but it’s perfectly acceptable to complete the cooking of a particular dish in a conventional or convection oven. Remember, the more food placed in a microwave oven, the longer the cooking will take. It is wiser to cook in smaller quantities and to keep food warm on a warming tray than to cook large quantities all at once. Always make use of the standing time given in recipes as this allows the food to finish cooking, meanwhile other foods can be cooked, or reheated during this time so that everything can be ready to be served at the same time.

DJ Darkboy Masey takes house music industry by storm

17th January 2018

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.

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.

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