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Celeb edition with Mpho Sebina

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Celeb edition with Mpho Sebina

With her colourful, daring fashion sense, striking beauty and powerful voice, Mpho Sebina is one of the brightest stars in the country’s music industry.

The 30-year-old songstress, whose 2017 debut album ‘Neo’ catapulted her to international fame, is currently in Cape Town working on new music.

The soulful singer-songwriter took a break from her busy schedule for a brief chat with Celeb Edition.

Q. Your sound incorporates hip-hop, soul, jazz and traditional Setswana. Tell us why you decided to tap into that path?

Music and I have been in love for a very long time.

No matter what shape or form it comes in, I appreciate it.

From Amapiano to Classical Jazz, I love it all.

I don’t want to ever box myself into one genre.

That’s how I ended up here!

Q. What point in your career would say was your breakthrough moment?

A. Putting out my first project was the breakthrough.

It wasn’t an easy process for me; there were lots of challenges along the way.

Q. What does music mean to you and how has it shaped your life?

A. Music has helped me get through some hard times and has also been there with me in some amazing moments.

So He (Music) is like my best friend, holding my hand through it all!

Q. Have you ever found yourself in an unflattering situation, where someone pretended to invite you for business purposes but in actual fact wanted something else?

A. Hmmmm, I can’t think of one. But this guy once owed me money.

Then he calls me one time saying he was outside my house.

When I eventually met him, instead of talking about my money he asked me out – it was really annoying!

Q. Have you ever read something untrue about yourself on the net? What was it?

A. Nope nothing, nothing I can remember anyway.

Your 2017 debut album, ‘Neo’ was massive and gained international recognition.

Q. How do you intend to build on this success, what are you working on now?

A. Trying to be in studio as much as I can, recording music I hope to share soon.

Q. How do you use or intend to use your music to address women and child abuse issues?

A. I want to make music that makes people feel great about themselves, more especially women and girls.

I recently did a song with Thato Jessica ‘Masa’ which is a message to women to keep their heads up and celebrate each other in the midst of all the hardships we face.

Q. What do you get up to when you are not in studio?

A. I enjoy travelling.

I love to cook great food as well as eat it!

And dancing is a skill I’m trying to perfect so I practice real hard (laughing).

Q. Do you have any body art, if yes where?

A. I have a pink tattoo of the outline of the African continent, under my left breast, close to my heart!

Q. Five things people don’t know about you?

  1. Swimming is the only sport I ever played competitively in school. I swam for Southern Botswana at some point
  2. I was a model in an Oracle music video shoot once
  3. I’m extremely introverted
  4. I have a phobia for frogs and lizards
  5. I am a serious Mama’s baby

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Society in Action

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Another fun filled weekend has come and gone and the Magical Voice lens was there to capture it all. Everything from weddings to family gatherings, football matches and more. Here is Society in Action.

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Danielle swagger’s video is out

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Danielle swagger to drop video

One of Botswana’s rapidly rising female rappers, Danielle Swagger has launched to the unsuspecting public her eagerly anticipated video for her hit single ‘I’m Woke’.

Shot on the idyllic sands of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, the video showcases a number of the French territory’s geographical locations.

The video is meant to introduce Swagger to her fan base whilst growing her brand as a professional artist.

Released in April this year, ‘I’m Woke’ is a collaboration between Botswana and Reunion Island.

It was motivated by Honest Beatz production and portrays the rapper’s determination, battles and how she is overcoming life’s hardships to reach the top.

The track was recorded, mixed and mastered by Joël Agapé of UMC Records in La Réunion.

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Amantle brown and Zahara to collaborate

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‘Soul sisters’ sizzle in the rain

Amantle Brown and Zahara set Botswana Craft ablaze – in the rain – over the weekend during the Mascom Live Sessions ‘Soul Sisters’ edition.

The South African ‘Loliwe’ hit-maker, Zahara is a frequent fixture at the festival and once again lived up to her star billing, belting out hit after hit in an energy-fused performance.

Setting the tempo for the headline act was Amantle Brown, who matched her more established foreign counterpart with a sizzling set.

Speaking to Voice Entertainment after the show, Brown compared this year’s experience with her Live Sessions debut, when she opened for RingoMadlingozi almost four years ago.

“I was a kid in 2016. This time I got to know how it feels to be relaxed and be comfortable, building a set and performing without wishing to swiftly go offstage.”

The 26-year-old black-and-brown haired sensation explained that even the arrangement was different this time, in that it allowed interaction between artists – unlike her first experience where artists were in two separate rooms and, perhaps, separate worlds!

Brown performed her hits like Moratiwa, Follo and Black Mampatile to an audience happy to sing along.

Zahara mounted the stage just before 10pm at the step of her usual opening gospel melody, Lizaliseindigalakho, which she performed in a foggy array of colours.

The 30-year-old covered most hits from her debut album, such asLoliwe (the title track itself), Destiny, and Umthwalo, which serves as her personal tear-jerker.

She punctuated these hits with some of her latest work, includingBengirongo, which featured the late Robbie Malinga.

The absorbed audience remained oblivious tothe dark clouds that billow overhead, until finally the rain came down in torrents.

Whilst some ran for cover, others danced freely in the biting rain, rejoicing childlike in the magical moisture.

Amantle Brown’s management and Zahara have agreed to brew a collaboration and discussions will soon be underway towards the production of this project.

However, Zahara was not available for interview after the performance as the heavy rain refused to relent.

“Everytime we complain that international artists do not work with us, but I realised that we don’t use them,” noted Brown, who revealed she listened to Zahara during preparations for her own Junior Certificate examinations.

Brown says that now her songwriting draws motivation from Zahara’s artistry.

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