Local musicians have welcomed Government’s decision to have state Radio stations – RB1 and RB2 – exclusively playing local music from September 1 to 30 as part of BOT50 celebrations. The Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Thapelo Olopeng said discussions with private radio stations were promising. MMP Family’s Mothusi Jackalas said this is the time for radio stations to look for that quality music to play between now and September from many artists around Botswana. “Artists that were not known will get the chance.
This will mostly benefit upcoming artists. As for established artists it is also a good thing but upcoming artists will benefit more. It is for the artists to prove themselves, because what has been bothering local radio stations is the quality, so now artists should make sure that quality is produced. Your music should make people support you.” Another artist Elvis “Black Motako” Mfolwe applauded the initiative, saying their music will be given a lot of exposure with the one big catch being royalties’ money. “Some of us want to drop new tracks so that in September we will be getting air play and for radios to have enough music on the shelves to be played,” he said.
He added that this will also be the time for the tracks that they have long submitted to the stations to receive more airplay. Amantle Brown – one of the talented females in the industry – said she got really excited at the news. She believes her music is of international standard. “A month is too short; they should extend it to a year maybe because this will benefit us a lot. People will now sing to our songs because they will know the lyrics. This is definitely a great opportunity to those who have not been getting airplay,” she said.