Upcoming traditional music singer, Rejoice Gaonakala, aka JOJO, is expected to stage her maiden performance at Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s 88th birthday celebrations, which will be held on 3rd March.
The 22-year-old woman from Mmadinare will soothe people’s souls with her album, Mpatiseng, which is not merely a collection of songs, it is an album in the full sense of the word with warm, luscious and extraordinary tracks.
JOJO has worked with various artistes, such as Shumba Ratshega and Alfredo Mos as a dancer and back up vocalist. She has shared the stage with local and regional music brands like Vee, Slizer, Culture Spears, Jeff Matheatau and Patricia Majalisa.
“I’m excited because it shows there is something unique in me that people see,” said JOJO. “I’m going to Zimbabwe to represent my country and I’m hopeful that this will improve the friendship between Botswana and Zimbabwe.”
JOJO has worked on this album for the past five years with various reputable producers like PP wa Pimp.
She recently returned from a tour of Namibia where she was invited to perform alongside Slizer during a cultural music event.
“I believe my rich, deep, elegant traditional music has and will continue appealing to many people both locally and regionally,” she said.
JOJO was chosen as ambassador for the cultural music exchange program between Namibia and Botswana.
She is also expected to perform at the Zimbabwe Independence celebrations that will be commemorated on 18 April 2012.
JOJO said she began singing when she was in primary school and, to her, singing was a hobby. Mpatiseng is set to be launched on 30th March, 2012 by General Ozzy from Zambia. The lady musician believes she has a future in the industry because of her unique music and performance.