The year 2017 has already started, and most are quickly turning their resolutions into reality. The same applies to musicians. The MMP family and Kabelo Mogwe of Culture Spears discuss their year.
Kwaito hit makers MMP Family are in the studio. One third of the trio Mothusi ‘Ples’ Jackalas said they are finalising their project which is dropping this year. “People should expect new music and videos. We are also pushing to get our music to international markets and probably a feature from outside as a way of penetrating the international market,” he said. Their previous album Lesson 1 though it was very successful having bagged so many awards, it wasn’t properly launched and as such they want to go all out with the next album. He said they have so far secured two big sponsors for the new album and are hoping that many will come on board. “I can say that what will be seen from our side in 2017 is just so much growth, great music, professionalism and going beyond the boundaries of Botswana,” he said. Ples said their merchandise is selling all year, and doing incredibly well with Batswana supporting them and buying their products. In 2017 they aim to make the brand bigger and their merchandise more dynamic.
Traditional music sensation Kabelo Mogwe said 2017 will be very interesting to him and that there are so many new things and surprises that he will shock Batswana with. He said one thing that he will reveal soon this year is the launch of his DVD which was only delayed by the fact that there were other videos that had to be used but were coming from other countries. “In 2016 I did not tour locally, I only toured South Africa and even during the festive season I was booked in South Africa so I did not really have to time to perform at home,” he said. Mogwe said that even though he is at his home village now, even the bookings that he has already confirmed for this year are in South Africa. Mogwe highlighted that Batswana should brace themselves and wait. “There will be many surprises from me that Batswana won’t even handle,” he said.