I once wrote in this column that though there is proof that arts have been used for centuries to send political messages, our artists seem to be reluctant to take a stand through their trade even when their rights seem to be trampled upon.
Unlike ordinary members of the public, artist don’t carry placards and march in the streets to voice their concerns; no, they paint, carve wood, write poems and music to make their position known on any particular matter.
Astley Gops was of the few bold artists who made his political affiliation clear, something that irked the late Rampholo Molefhe.
I have no problem with musicians for instance joining political parties for as long as it does not compromise their artistic talent.
I therefore congratulate Dithuso ‘DT’ Selepeng and Atasaone ‘A.T.I Molemogi who are now life members of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party. These two gentlemen have large following; myself included.
But the simple truth is my interest has always been your music, not the party you belong to.
NEW DANW FOR RAMONYAKU
A member of the Tripple R family Lewetse Sekgee known as “Ramonyaku” in music circles has decided to go solo.
Ramunyaku together with his business partners, Ramozara and Ramokwetjepe are running a delicate project that requires a lot of balancing and compromising.
The other two R’s except for Ramonyaku have been involved in other projects which had always left the latter in the cold whenever they are booked for corporate shows.
So now the funny man has decided to have something with a personal signature in the form of a studio album this February.
The album to be titled “Letota la ga Khama” has got six tracks and was produced by Joe Maseko at House of Rising Sound in Bulawayo.
Traditional Churches are finally coming out of their cocoons to join other mainstream denominations who have long embraced modern day digital worship.
Today one can ‘attend’ a church service from the comfort of their couch. Traditional churches like Eloyi are slowy embracing this development to preach their gospel.
Young worshippers are at the forefront of this evolution and Eloyi Kings, a group of young men under Tiah Investments are doing exactly that.
The trio has just dropped an album called Dafita letsa katara. The six track high tempo album would perhaps be a hit with the young generation. Its nonstop dancing with this album.
Song include ‘Re latlhile tsela, Sello sa Ragele’, Rorisa bophelo, sokologang and my favorite, the laid back ‘Lala go nna’. The album gets 5 out of 10.
MISS MILLENNIUM GOES INTERNATIONAL
This year’s Miss Millennium beauty pageants promises to be much bigger and better.
Scheduled for a Sunday after Valentine’s Day the beauty pageant which will see Patience “Penana” Motlhabi’s one year reign come to the end has attracted a lot of attention even in neighboring countries.
According to organizers of the unique pageants where only 40 year olds and above are eligible to take has attracted a couple of people in South Africa, some of whom are willing to implement the idea in their own countries.
Director of 79 Macheri Lucia Molebatsi Seretse, who are the pageant coordinators said they have a mystery judge from SA, who they also hope will help market the popular pageant.
This year’s event has found sponsorship from Savanna.
A representative Widzani Moarabi said Millenium Jazz Restaurant which has hosted the event for the past five years has become the brand house for Savanna hence the decision to partner with them on the pageant.