A slot created for DJs in the President Day competitions has created excitement amongst the country’s young Disc Jockeys.
Most DJs saw these as recognition of an artform that has been overlooked for so many years and are now making the best of it.
This has seen the annual Serowe Battle of DJs competition grow in leaps and bounds.
Their third installment was held during the Independence holidays where DJ Franky Jay was the overall winner.
Franky was winning the award for the second consecutive time beating a host of DJs from as far as Mahalapye, Letlhakane, Selebi-Phikwe and Orapa.
The event which has given DJs in the Central District a platform to showcase their talent is expected to be even bigger and better next year.
The latest offering by traditional artist Shumba Ratshega is bound to create a national debate.
The album titled “Loso la monnamogolo”, especially the title track will have those with wild imaginations in a frenzy.
Ratshega is back to his absolute best.
This song is a journey, Shumba takes you with him in an eventful joyride she takes with one lucky granny.
The song is full of twists and turns, shifting of gears which ends with both of them panting and probably you too.
The man who brought us “Makhirikhiri” and has almost single handedly imported Botswana’s traditional music to East Africa will definitely welcome a few grannies to his fan-base.
The eight track album has songs like ‘Chingwenyana chiapo’, Botswana oa kgala’, Boipuso 1966 and Meemee re buwe.
Botswana o a kgala could not have come at the right time. Shumba lets his voice do the trick here.
If you don’t love the title track, you will at least experience a near ‘orgasm’. The album gets 8 out of 10.
With efforts made by this column and other media houses one hopes local gospel artists made time and submitted their names.
Kabelo Eric seems to be the only artist who is willing to take his brand outside the Botswana boarder.
Meanwhile World Gospel Powerhouse will host the 6th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards Nominees Party this Friday at Southern Sun Hotel, OR Tambo Airport. The show starts at 18:30.
Dress code for the evening is all white after all this is a party themed “Party in Heaven”.
Local House duo, Groove Cartel are preparing for their biggest tour ever.
The tour of the United States of America is planned for the end of this month where the duo of German Dollar and TCM will also play alongside some of the best US DJs.
Currently singed under Total Music Solutions a new company by Seabelo Modibe of Lekoko Entertainment, Groove Cartel are still riding high with the debut project ‘Illicit House’.
According to Modibe the guys will tour New York, Florida, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Boca Raton.
“They will perform alongside Kafele Bandele in New York and record with him. In DC they will perform and record a track with Ndinga Gaba and Mark Evans,” said Modibe.
Modibe said as this is their biggest tour they are already planning a follow up during the Miami Music Summit, the Amsterdam Dance Event and then Ibiza next year.
“This is big, it needs money, time and other resources,” said Modibe.
NO SHOW, NO PAY
It is really worrying that in this era where there is so much competition we still have artists who fail to honour their contractual obligations.
With so much talent to choose from why will promoters keep coming back to the same artist who has shown from the past that they cannot be trusted?
With the week in and week out performances dished out by the likes of MMP Family, our so called big names from neighboring countries should no longer take us for a ride.
Sadly usually these guys are paid upfront lots of money, even though most of them are one hit wonders.
Our local acts have shown loyalty throughout the years; they have silently accepted peanuts but promoters keep sidelining them.
One we will ask questions like “heavy who?”
when Ricky Lamar for instance finally gets his dues.