The launch of gospel album Ho Tseba Modimo by Obakeng Segwaketse drew multitudes to Sedibeng Lodge in Gaborone last week. The 13-track album features the likes of Vusi Mtokufa, Mandu Mashaba, and Ouna who were all there to perform the songs. The guest list included the newly elected Botswana Musicians Union President Pagson Ntsie, Phempherethe Bafana Pheto, Michael Gaotogwe, Ashley Gops and Peter Sengwaketse. Kaboyarona Segokgo – Sedibeng Lodge owner – said as a supporter of local talent he always offers them his place for use. He said that it is always a pleasure to host such events because he wants to see young people do better, and he does not discriminate as to who he can help. When talking about his brother and his love for music Peter Sengwaketse said the passion for music has always been in Obakeng’s life – at one point they felt his love for music was disturbing his academics. “He has always loved gospel music since he was in junior school” he said. Sengwaketse said Obakeng made his breakthrough in 2011 when he released a gospel album that got him an award in 2012. He praised the quality of the new album, saying he is certain it is going to do well in the market. Spokes Modise from Lamar Loeto Clothing dresses Obakeng. “An artist’s appearance is very important; they should always be distinctive from the crowd wherever they are. When they are performing appearance matters a lot,” he said. He encouraged all other artists to make sure that they take how they look seriously. Other artists who came there spoke highly of Obakeng and his work ethic.
Obakeng said this is his best album by far and appreciated all the support he has got in putting it together. He appreciated Vusi for the contribution that he has made in his life even though younger than him. “I have learnt a lot and I want to focus on God and be a great example to the many that follow us and who use our songs to comfort themselves,” he said. He believes that it is time for gospel to take over and is confident they can be able to do that. Vusi encouraged him not to let fear affect him, but rather be focused and not allow critics to stop him. It was revealed that among the sponsors was Vee Mampeezy who supported the product with about P60 000. He was there throughout to make sure that Obakeng produces the best album. Ntsie applauded the artists for coming together like they did with Obakeng’s album; something that he believes will take them far. He said it is time gospel artists take their stand and let their light shine because they are one genre that is definitely listened to by everyone, especially when things are not going well.