Botswana’s adroit musician, Magdalene Lesolebe alias Charma Gal is on a quest of revitalizing her music career which had been put on halt for over six months following the untimely demise of her five dancers last year (2016) in a horrific road accident. This week, the all-star musician revealed she is busy preparing to invade Duma FM Grounds in Gaborone North on Friday (April 14) where she is anticipated to launch her latest and sizzling album dubbed “Ke Ya Mokolodi”.
Speaking at a press briefing this morning (Wednesday) at Planet Lodge in Gaborone, the talented musician said she was optimistic that the Friday launch will give music lovers a new dimension of her music.
Songs on the album are “Go nale guy e nngwe yaana”, “Mokwepa o ko ntlong”, “Morongo featuring Jah Prayzah”, “Gaufinyana”, “Wounded Buffalo”, “Sonnyboi”, “Tsa kgale”, “Go weditswe” and “Motokwe”.
She is optimistic that the album will take her career to another level after the long break she took in order to mourn her late dancers.
“We have done our best to give our fans the best and by engaging Prez Beats to mix and master the album we wanted quality sound. The Friday album launch is held in honour of my five dancers who passed away last year in a horrific road accident. We are hosting this show to raise funds so we can erect tombstones in their honour,” she said.
Since the tragic mishap, Charma Gal has been on a musical break which she revealed was to allow her to mourn all the five dancers admitting that the healing period is still ongoing, and she still has visions about all of them.
“Mind you, only three out of the five were freelancers who were truly dedicated to their craft and they truly helped me package my brand properly. I had worked with some for over eight years. They could be gone but they will never be forgotten. I will forever cherish all the moments I shared with them. I still wish they were still alive. I have a song dedicated to them in the new album called ‘Go Weditse’, may their souls rest in eternal peace,” a sombre Charma Gal revealed this morning.
To promote her latest album she has lined up several shows across the country as she also plans to invade the Maun Sports Complex on July 7 before heading out to the Francistown Old Sports Complex on July 8th. Another show she said will be slated for Ghanzi on a date yet to be announced.
Recently, social media went into a rage following the leaking of a song featured in the new album, “Go nale guy e nngwe yaana” which Charma Gal explained talks about the suave Botswana gentlemen who are nowadays putting an effort into their looks.
“The song is simply a dedication to all our brothers who keep slaying us with their killer looks, timepieces and generally their bespoke wardrobes,” said Charma Gal when quizzed about the inspiration behind this particular track.
She said the album also feature two of Zimbabwe’s ingenious musicians; Jah Prayzah (Morongo) and Oliver Mtukudzi (Motokwe) adding that the neghbouring country is her second home due to the massive reception her music enjoys.
“I have done a lot of collaborations with Zimbabwean artists simply because I command a huge following there. Maybe in future or when I turn 40, I will explore other markets such as Malawi or Tanzania!”
Her manager and partner, Resego Matenge of Leshman’s Holdings said the Friday show will kick-off from 10am until the wee hours of Saturday morning and will feature a star-studded line up of artists such as Franco, Johnny Mokhali, MMP Family, ATI, Team Distant, Wizards, Captain Dira, Lizibo, Mahempe, Mlesho, Makwakwa, Mantshwabisi and Tumza. Other acts will be Tumza, Tyte, Tarz B, Han-C, Figos, Mr. OT, Prince, Mmaratwa, Omzah, Thabile Mazolwane as well as DJ Sly, DJ Jivemore and DJ Kitz while MCs will be Walkman and Sporo. Admission is P100 normal ticket and P250 VIP.