JULY SINGS MORENA WA BARENA
Zion Christian Church influenced gospel music has a large following in Southern Africa, not surprising though for a church that has millions of members.
Made popular by the likes of the late Oleseng Shuping, Kenny, Mjeremane and Winnie Mashaba, the genre quickly caught fire locally and soon we had the likes of Gaolathe, City Boys, Charity and many others recording albums. Mpeleki July’s Morena wa Barena is a soulful album, a typical ZCC product with the usual unique voices.
The eight-track album has songs like Ha le mpotsa, Tshaba moya, Teng sefapaano, E monate sioneng and Pelo di a thulwa. My favourite song is track five, Pelo di a thulwa featuring Gaone Mampane. The album certainly has the quality to compete with any other in the region. It gets 8 out of 10.
GK DUO DROPS ALBUM
Botswana’s first male Gospel Duo, Gaone Seitshiro and Kago Regoeng artistically named GK released their debut album a fortnight ago at Gaborone Sun.
The GK concept was launched in 2009, and GK has been working on their album titled ‘Let Us Pray’ and finally released it at the Jam in Christ (JIC) show last Friday.
The 12 track album was recorded at HiNote studio in Gaborone by Tshepo T’Les Lesole. Seven of the 12 songs are original compositions by Kago Regoeng, Samuel Moshodi and Tshepo Lesole.
The rest were re-arranged hymns from Sione and common Christian songs. Gaone Seithiro has been singing at Church from a tender age and his versatility in song landed him with KTM Choir which groomed him as a tenor singer. He also developed lead singing skills there and ended up leading a song called ‘Mosadi’.
Kago Regoeng, is a baritone choir singer, a soloist and a gospel musician, producer and composer. The former KTM Choir Manager used to work as a back-up singer for Pastor Thuso Tiego some years ago.
SABC GOSPEL AWARDS OPENS
The 2012 Crown Gospel Music Awards campaign has kicked-off! This time around the organisers (World Gospel PowerHouse) decided to open the nominations earlier than usual, giving ample time to entrants to register for the 5th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards.
The category BEST OF AFRICA, has gained popularity since its inception in 2011. This time around the organisers are confident that the number of entries in this category will be doubled! This is the only category among 30 others, that speaks directly to gospel artists from beyond South African borders.
Last year Moipei Quartet of Kenya took the Crown ahead of Bakhe Dlamin (Swaziland), Frank Chimpanzi (Malawi), Samuel Massingarela (Burundi).
For more information Crown Gospel Music Awards Nominations contact World Gospel PowerHouse on +27 31 303 3520 or visit www.cgma.co.za
MAKAU DROPS SECOND ALBUM
After their debut album Tanki ya Motswana that had the popular song Sebinjolo the trio of Makau will drop their second product on 27th August hilariously named Ditseno tse tharo.
After a bad experience with their previous recording company Diamond Studio whose owners have since disappeared into Zimbabwe the group have formed their own called 19-0-Robega and have worked with Dr Tawanda on the new project.
The group which was formed in 2009 comprises of Tiro Thebe, Leo Malomo and Bakang Mphele. More interesting about the album is that the group features poet Benson Phuthego on the song Bam Bam Jive. Catch them on Facebook-makauditseno tse tharo or Twitter-ditseno.
Benjamin “Sbee” Majama and his friend Boitumelo “DT” Balang are racing against time to drop their debut album under the name Mahipi.
Sbee who has worked with the late Cisco B and Vee as a dancer told Big Weekend that he decided to do his own thing in order to inspire other dancers.
“Dancers don’t get much in terms of finances, I want to inspire other dancers and let them know that we have what it takes to make it,” he said.
The 23 year old said he also got support from his former boss Vee. In the House kwasa album Mahipie have roped in the experienced Sta Lu and Mingo and the first single is expected end of September.