Khoisan roar to the top

SHARE   |   Thursday, 14 March 2019   |   By Lame Modise
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With just three months in the industry, Khoisan, a group of five young Batswana – three ladies and two gentlemen – are set to take the music industry by storm already with a secured collaboration with Zimbabwe born South African artist Bekezela.

Bekezela Nkomo is the brains behind African pop hit track, Bekezela (meaning hang in there) produced at a South African major record company Muthaland Entertainment that also hosts superstars such as Nathi and Vusi Nova. He wrote the song for his long-distance girlfriend who was in his homeland Zimbabwe at the time.

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The track in question, ‘Habaebone’ will be the group’s second single after the first one titled ‘Marabele’. The latter, which is available on all digital platforms, is said to be doing well as it currently features in South African radio stations’ playlists. One such stations being Jozi FM in Johannesburg.  

Branding themselves not just as artists form Botswana but from Africa, Khoisan envision playing on the international stage and that might not be a far-off dream as they have also penetrated  music platforms in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.    

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After the second single offering, the group will then release a full 10-track album with two bonus tracks at Rock Lefatshe Productions.

Speaking of how the group got together, Nita Lempaletse revealed that all five vocalists had never met November 2018 – three months ago. “We had responded to a call for vocalists at Rock Lefatshe studios and we were chosen out of over 70 people who responded to the call,” she said.

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Though she went to the auditions hoping to get a solo recording deal, Lempaletse is excited to be working with the other four group members and believes, with their talents combined, the sky is the limit.

“We all complement each other musically and the group would not be what it is if one was to drop off. We appreciate the musical genius of our Executive Producer, Suffocate,” she said, adding that the past three months have been the busiest with the group getting ready to release its first album. “After the final cast, we started working from the first week of December 2018 and never looked back.” 

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The group’s prospects for the future seem to be cast in stone as they have already performed at some gigs around the country.

Another group member, Olerato Kennetseng, said their last performance at the African Attire on Fleek Picnic at the Bojanala Waterfront was exciting – they were stunned by the reaction of the audience.

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“It was a huge stage and it was great that there were other people (group members) to share the stage with,” she said with wide opened eyes. Apart from performing on a stage as big as the last one, Kennetseng is looking forward to the release of the album and future performances.

Thabang Rasefako, another group member, said the sky is definitely the limit if the other four bring it to the table as the success of the outfit hinges primarily on collective effort. “We are looking at penetrating the international markets in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA),” he said, speaking of where he sees the group growing towards.

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The other two members of the group are Mosimanegape Mosweu and Oratile Kofa.



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