NNUNU LAUNCHES ALBUM
Bomolemo Nnunu Ramogotsi will launch her debut album “Mmasonoko” at the Grand Palm this Friday. The long awaited launch will start at 19:00hrs and will be coordinated by the celebrated Motsweding FM radio personality Cebo Manyaapelo and Zenzele Hirschfield of Zen Promotions. The night will be spiced up by the soothing sounds of another legend Steve Kekana of “Shine on” fame. Local dancers Exotic Twist will also do their part to entertain at one of the most glamorous launches ever. The after party will feature Mc John and RB2s Dj Oneal. Tickets are available from P350 and P500 for V.I.P at Grand Palm, Botswana Craft and Zen promotions.
TALKING FOLK FESTIVAL
Before the dust settles down at Botswanacraft after impressive performances by jazz sensation Shanti Lo and Zimbabwean living legend Oliver Mtukudzi, Mascom Live Session is back with yet another banger.
Celtic Fusion are making their second appearance at Botswana’s busiest outdoor venue alongside talented Kabo Leburu, Ntirelang Berman, Seragantshwana and the Stampore Trio.
The German/Irish group was here last year March and put up a sterling performance, sending the crowd wild with their Afro/Euro fusion. Who would ever forget their performance with Leburu on stage? They managed to fuse their sound together to come up with a unique sound and hopefully they will do that again.
This festival will also be a final presentation from a week of workshops & recording sessions that aim to strengthen co-operation between various local and foreign artists. Tickets are available at P150 in advance at Botswanacraft.
That gospel music has grown in this country is not a secret. We have moved from the era of one man shows; where an artist just needed a keyboard, no back-up singers or other instruments. Now gospel artists are aiming for quality sound and they have found it, thanks to innovative producers like Tshepo Lesole aka T-Les. Ouna’s 12 track album is simply beautiful. The music is nice with the singing to match. Most of the songs were produced at Hall of Fame Studiou by Alfred Allie Kavezedi. My favourit songs are Olokile and Ken a le modisa. Other songs are Ingwe mabalabala, Madi a tshologa, Rapelang, Messiah, Siyabonga, A mpatla, House of God and Calvary. It gets 8.5 out of 10.
TATTOO IS BACK
She hit the headlines sometime back in 2010 with her former beau Mr Tagg and then went quite for a while. Tattoo (real name Thato Dikhading) introduced herself to the music scene with a 2009 Afro Pop album called Pelo Molotsana which was followed by another one called Magadigadi. After two years she has dropped a more mature Afro-pop album called My journey. The 10 track album shows Tatto’s maturity in the music industry, she has managed to fuse some jazzy beats with Afro-pop. Produced by Mangaliso Mgemezulu who also works with South African gospel artist Sechaba, the quality is out of this world. My favorite song is the famous “Senkgatele mosadi. Other songs are Moratiwa, Tsamaya hantle, Ngifounele, Senatla and a house version of Senkgatele mosadi which could be a club smasher. It gets 8 out of 10.
FUSION HOSTS THE 80’s & 90’S
The extravagant Fusion Entertainment will go down memory lane this Friday with classics from the 80’s and 90’s era. Such events have gained popularity among the urbanites. Just this past weekend the Metrophones hosted a successful Motown themed show and prior to that the 70’s show at Pavillion was also a success. If you were a teenager when Queen Latifah, Tevin Campbell, Naughty by Nature, Shabba Ranks and Born Chaka Demus & The Pliers dominated the airwaves, then you can’t miss this one.