LEBO G THE COMMANDER
I tried something different with this album. I played it for a couple of journalists and asked their opinions and Lebo G faired badly. In fact some believe no one can buy this album.
They asked me one which I dismally failed to answer. What genre is Lebo G’s music? The intro will fool you into believing that is a traditional product, but the second song takes you through kwasa kwasa beats and you have House and pop too.
It seems The Commander was experimenting with a couple of beats and is yet to make up his mind about his preferred genre. However there is no denying that he has the passion, even though his lyrics are not some of the best.
Lebo G also fell into a trap of trying to appease radio personalities like DJ Sly by mentioning them in his songs, obviously with hope that they will play his music in return.
Though my colleagues shot the album down, I still picked out something that cannot be ignored; he has got the voice. The eight track album gets 5 out of 10.
OPENING THE MOZAMBIQUE DOOR
Local artists could soon be making their money in Mozambique if all concerned could put their energies and resources together to bring the local sound to the former Portoguese colony.
A journalist in Mozambique Adam Perrier has told Big Weekend that he has observed that whenever a Botswana song plays either on radio or in the club, his countrymen go nuts.
In fact he is shocked that no local artist has staged a show in Maputo. “Mozambicans love Botswana hip hop and traditional music.
I have a couple of Zeus’ and Culture Spears songs playing,” he said.
The music and sports fanatic went crazy when he heard A.T.I’s “Rahiho” from the album Polao ya motho and is convinced that the “Ke lekhete” hit maker would receive a warm reception anytime in Maputo.
Mponang “Gongmaster” Ketshabile has slowly become a force to reckon with as far as radio is concerned.
The former Dikakapa lead singer has become the voice to listen to on Thursday and Friday nights with his well researched show and one of the few presented in the vernacular.
Since he joined Duma FM Ketshabile has managed to attract a sizable following and even receives accolades from across the boarder.
His trick is very simple, he talks to the ordinary men about issues that affects them and all discussions are in Setswana.
Gongmaster has not shied away from playing local music; he is probably the only radio personality in the country who plays more local music on his programme something that has earned him the respect of his listeners.
It is perhaps not surprising that most of his listeners are adults who most of them have now become regular commentators.
MASCOM DERBY TOUR
Maun is finally becoming the place it should have been years ago.
It is one of the most beautiful villages in the country and home to some of the most fun loving people in the world.
After the successful ‘My Maun Experience’ shows last year, now promoters are beginning to take this beautiful village seriously, and rightfully so.
This year’s annual Realtime Safari Mascom Derby Tour would be more than just horse riding. Organizers have put together a complete package with exciting tour activities.
Some activities include boat cruise along the Thamalakane river, scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and three nights accommodation at Maun Lodge or camping at Sedia. All this for P3900.
One former member of Lordz of the Ghetto Kutlo Marmaan has made it clear to Big Weekend that he will not be joining his former band mates DT and Chris on the reunion of the group.
In his words he is now a corporate man and is not going back to music.
Lordz of the Ghetto is expected to make a comeback this year after a very long time in the wilderness.
The ‘Bye bye’ hit makers among the top groups in the early 2000, with dancehall tunes that are still relevant to this day.
However the sad news is that Marman will not be part of the much anticipated re-union.