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It takes a lot of guts for an artist to compose a song with a political message, especially in Africa.

Such artists like Lucky Dube, Salif Keita and Oliver Mtukudzi had to deal with harassment from government officials.

For local traditional artist Ezebizo; the song “E kae puso ya batho ka batho?” (Where is democracy?) will definitely attract mixed reactions. A well written song it is and the message is clear and could not have come at the right time.

The nine track album titled ‘Bagaka” also has songs like ‘Rre Mandela’, a fitting tribute for the fallen Mkhonto We Sizwe veteran.

Other sogs in the album include ‘Banna ba rata go tsietsa’, ‘Maruping’, Haiti and ‘Rre Ian Khama.’ The album gets 7 out of 10.


The search for Miss Millennium 2014 is on. Women aged 40 years and above will be gearing to take the crown won by Michel Tjienda last year. 

The pageant whose sole aim is charity work is on its fifth year.

It has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception and has attracted support from various circles.

Last year the pageant whose home is Millennium Jazz Restaurant in Mogoditshane came into partnership with Savanna Premium beer and prizes for contestants were also impressive.

Tjienda walked away with a deep freezer, electrical appliances and a night at Montana Lodge. Those interested should register at Millennium Restaurant or contact zenpromotions@gmail.com.


There is a problem if potential customers ridicule your CD before they even listen to it.

Happie’s “Masa a sele” album did not get good reviews from almost every person who saw the CD.

All this has to do with the uninspiring CD sleeve. First impressions are vital in this industry and Happie should have put her beautiful face to good use.

I’m really not happie with the sleeve design.

Another problem with most of the songs is her obsession with delivering a good message.

That is why a song like ARV found its way into the album.

The six track album’s songs include Jerusalem, Sandile, Ngwao boswa ARV and Manyalong. The album gets 5 out of 10.


Charles Manase does not hide the fact that his promising career in comedy started in Botswana.

Born in 1990 in Zimbabwe the young man started in 2011 after auditioning for a talent search programme Gemstones sponsored by International Modelling and Talent Agency (IMTA).

His humour caught the attention of Laff-A-Lot Comedy crew and has performed in numerous shows with the likes of Ribcracker and MOD.

He went on to perform at Mafikeng Comedy Jam alongside the likes of Sifiso Nene.

His material can be accessed on Youtube and Facebook.


For as long as I have known Shanti Lo, he has always showed his feminine side.

He would be concerned about whether his makeup was too heavy and other stuff like that.

When news that he would be replacing DJ Sid as a judge on MyStar, I thought oh no! Well he made me eat humble pie.

I saw girls shed tears as he ridiculed  their singing. Shanty Lo said some of the meanest things to contestants and I think he fitted well into that role.

The arrival of the jazz singer on the judge panel brings a new twist and so far so good.







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