Despite encountering some hiccups, Culture Spears remains one of the most successful local music groups since bursting into the music scene in 2004. The traditional dance group has grown steadily to become a household name in the Southern Africa region, even penetrating the lucrative South African market. Having joined the industry a decade back with popular albums Selonyana and Kulenyane the group nearly disintegrated when lead singers Magdeline Lesolebe -now popularly known as Charmagal and Thembeni Ramosetlheng left to pursue solo careers. However despite the absence of the duo the group remained strong and resolute until Ramosetlheng retraced her steps.
Taking the journey back to the yester years one of the founding members of the group Kabelo Mogwe shares that gaining access to the South African market remains one of their biggest achievements and highlight of their music career.“Challenges are there in our everyday lives but I will say what we went through in the past years has made us strong and helped us to really survive. It was the hardest time of our careers but we had to go through the phase and continue with life because after all “ga gona ntlo e e sa neng”. However I should maintain that getting the share of the SA market is the greatest highlight of our music because we are talking of 52 million people against our own 2 million. And that was not all of it because there came a time where we won an award from South Africa’s Association of Pastors just because they said our music have changed lives of many people in their country, though we won numerous accolades amongst them BOMU, presidential and Kora this one stands out because we do music to bring impact on people’s lives,” shared Mogwe.
Fast forward to the current years most probably 2019 the group is back on their peak with a couple of successful tours. Following the success of Dibeisane and Bare ngwana ga se wame albums though they are solo projects under Mogwe through his Kulenyane trademark, Culture Spears is set for further greater heights. According to Mogwe the solo albums have kept the fire burning within the group.
“The group has always remained intact because it was not like we have completely disbanded –this two went out to push on their solo projects, it is just that people and fans did not quite understand the matter at the time. Even up to now I can still maintain that Charma Gal has not yet left the team, she is still with us it just that she is busy with her own music. So during their absence I came up with some ideas but at the end of the day I decided on making solo albums such that together with those who were available we can survive and indeed I did a couple of albums featuring a lot of artists and now we are talking a different storyline,” Mogwe said.
As it stands Culture Spears is on a very successful tour dubbed Legends Tour Concert which has so far been to a perfect start. Having already traversed to almost four towns in Botswana, the group have roped in the likes of Banjo Mosele and Alfred Mos who they have shared the stage together. In an interview Mogwe shares that the main aim is to remember the yester heroes and keep the group going. “The concert’s main purpose is to recognize our former musicians and this is a project which is going to continue for some time because we still going to work with more of the artists and tour as many places as possible. I should state that we are taking George Swabi, Stiga Sola and Anafiki alongside in our upcoming tours shows. At this point in time we are just finalizing our agreements,” he said. The group has already covered Selibe Phikwe, Serowe and Mogoditshane and the next tour destinations are Maun, Palapye and Borolong areas.