The legendary songstress Maxy or ‘The Queen of Sands’ has returned, revamped and pimped under a new South African producer, rebranded as KhoiSan Maxy.
While the reasons for the rebrand in the form of name gloss up were not readily available, Maxy intends to push her ratings higher this time around. There is no doubt that she is has a powerful voice, the packaging had to be better, hence the new stage name under a new producer.
Her new single titled ‘Why Uvuma’ debuted on one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations, Metro FM on Tuesday, and her voice, which many have equated to the powerhouse, Brenda Fassie’s left South Africans startled.
Robbie Malinga flaunted her earlier as “my new signing” on Twitter announcing that the single would debut on Metro FM. “Her name is Khoisan Maxy, my latest signing catch her single "why uvuma" from 8:45 HYPERLINK "https://twitter.com/METROFMSA" @MetroFMSA,” the tweet, accompanied by a busty picture of the songstress read.
What followed after the debut was the hash tag #WhyUvuma trending, with rave reviews pouring in from all quarters of Twitter, in praise of the song and its singer. Many of the tweeps were seemingly in anticipation of the album and were ready to purchase it. It was the second trending has tag on Twitter, after Already, online reviews have announced “Why Uvuma” as a hit and predict that her album, which is reportedly being worked on will have the same effect.
As of Wednesday, Why Uvuma was made available for pre-order on iTunes and Apple music. The song is a fusion of Gospel/Afropop/Jazz and a typical Malinga masterpiece. KhoiSan Maxy’s voice is however the magic that worked the trick, as would be expected. Born Olebile “Maxy” Sedumedi, the 38 year old singer shot to stardom in 2000 through her much loved song, Kalahari (Uwe uwe) which probably launched her brand. The song remains nothing less than the biggest hit in traditional song history. She would later diversify her music career, exploring other genres such as pop and eventually gospel.
The Otse born songbird has nine traditional albums, four afro pop albums, one house album and one gospel album. She is one of the first people to make what is deemed as contemporary traditional music look cool and one of the first local females to own their own record label and do her music. She founded a group, Digauta which sang mostly pop music. Through her sultry voice, she has always managed to win many hearts through song. She has won the Thari ya Sechaba award and has under her belt a Kora nomination.
Her first experiences with the South African music industry in 2004 was controversy riddled as she was implicated in a music scam, after reportedly having been paid to record the late Brenda Fassie’s gospel album by then producer Chicco. The move could have easily crippled her singing career, as a young artist then.
The legendary Malinga ended his illustrious 15 years singing career last year, and announced he would now be going behind the scenes. His album, The Duets was a hit and featured South Africa’s greats in Kelly Khumalo, Musa Sukwene, Zahara and Ntando.
The producer is responsible for shaping the careers of artists like Brown Dash, Ntando, Zahara, Karabo and Musa just to name a few. His record label, Robbie Malinga Entertainment also has signed Musa of Mthande fame. His album, Mr Serious sold platinum under three months. Malinga has won a South African Music Award (SAMA) for Best Producer for Zahara’s Country Girl.
Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.
They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.
This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.
Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.
The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.
However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.
This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.
His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.
KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.
If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.
KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.
This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.
After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.
Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.
Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.
With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.