FLEX BOOGIE PENS & WORD
Flex Boogie has arrived, iyhoooo! Pens&Words takes motswako/hip hop to another level. Produced by an all-star team of Thir(13)Teen, Trompie, Wax Lyrical, Thebe Jairus Lekhonkhobe, Dot Com, and Northwest, this album is way too nice. The beats are out of this world, the Setswana raps are super. You can’t ask for anything better from the continent. Tunes like Thwantsha Monwana, Bopha, I Got You, sweet Chocololate, Mara Why, My One and Only, Mafulo, Another Gurl, Tshwarella and The Bump Digidy will take hip hop/motswako listeners on a journey of eargasms. This album gets 9 out of 10 stars from Monnamogolo…way too nice. Get yourself a copy now.
GIFT OF RHUMBA
The beat of Rumba lives on through Gift and Sagaf.La.Musica. Just when you thought the music might be dying a slow death with the slow disappearance of the big stars in this genre, up comes this new bright star called Gift. His debut album Kea Tshaba may be one of those that may restore the interest of the music amongst the thousands and thousands fans of this genre of music. The album was composed and arranged by Gift himself and recorded and mastered by Dargie at Dargie Digital Studios. Those who buy the CD will be spoilt for choice from the 8-track album with tunes like Kgorogo, Kea Tshaba, Moleseng, Mmamane, Ke Morata and Mmamatsale.
The album gets 8 out of 10 stars from Monnamogolo.
DIKWETE LE DIKHWAERE
Any album produced by Bullet aka “The King” Ketshabile should get Dikhwaere Borankana lovers’ interest. This album, “Defilement”, by Dikwete featuring Bogadi is very sweet to the ear. Kitimela, Re Iketlile, Lorato, Defilement, Mma Ngwana, Lo Tshegang, Ga Se Yoo Ke Mo Lorang make up the track listing of this eight-track album. The album also features the likes of Madala, Vincent Molapisi, Keaboka Mothibedi, and Kgomotso Banamotse. The only slight thing I did not like about this album is that it sounds a whole lot like Gong Master and DT’s mega classic hit, especially the opening track, Kitimela. It gets seven stars out of 10 stars from Monnamogolo.
MPHO’S O JESO!
Mpho Matlhasedi aka Mpho Nakedi’s latest offering, O Jeso! is out in stores. Recorded at Meek-N-Gift Recording Studio in Francistown, this is a typical Botswana gospel album with simple but very nice beats and rich vocals. Produced by Mpho, Vincent Gurure, Cyril Monkgogi, Mexico and B Buka, the album also features the likes of Aobakwe Junior Matlhasedi, Mpho Maja, Masego Ntema and Tsegofatso Makalabae, Boingotlo Matlhasedi, Oabona Phuduhudu, Motlalepula Letsholathebe, Onalenna Tshipiyagae and Ontibile Sentime. My favourite tune on this 11-track album is the up-tempo “I am gonna Run’. It gets 7 out of 10 stars from Monnamogolo.
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KGALALELO IS 2010 MY STAR
They were 23 in February, but last Friday, just one of them stood head and shoulders above all of them. My Star viewers have crowned Kgalalelo as this year’s finest budding singer. She got just over 15 000 of the close to 40 000 total votes cat by viewers to Mascom. She walked away with cash Prize of P25 000.00, a range of prizes from Mascom and a huge scholarship of a whopping P100 000.00 from Collegium Publishing Company. This latter prize should encourage other talented young Batswana to enter the competition next year when it enters its 5th year. Wame was second with 12 000 votes and Galaletsang third with 11 000 votes. They get P15 000.00 and P10 000.00 cash prizes respectively. Kgalalelo will be jetting off to London in a few weeks to record her album, before heading to Cape Town to study sound Engineering in January 2011. It remains to be seen if the Department of Arts and Culture will assist My Star to record Wame and Galaletsang as it did last year with Krystal!