Sunday, March 7, 2021

Local artist makes strides on international scene

It is always phenomenal when local performing artists make an impression on the international scene.
Recently our own youthful artist was rated no 27 out of 100 artists in the Coast to Coast dance hall and reggae musical charts in the United States of America (USA).

Popularly known as Robby G to his fans, Francistown-based dance hall and reggae musician Robert Golebeletswe is definitely making a mark on the international music scene.

This dancehall artist, who hails from Mahalapye, the home for many Batswana in the local entertainment industry, currently has a hit single that is making waves in the local music arena.

The hit called “Uri” has two other tracks, “Pressure” and “Ego”. The single was released in August last year.

Robby G also has another successful 12-track album titled “When I die” which was released in 2012.
Touching on his recent achievement, Robby G told the Sunday Standard in an interview last week that upon learning about the dance hall and reggae Coast to Coast mix tape competitions on the internet last year, he submitted all his work from his latest single “Uri” in November. He said that “Uri”, which is a Swahili praise song of African Women led to his achievement.

“Becoming number 27 out of 100 international artists is a significant achievement for me because it gives me exposure. To my surprise I even surpassed one of the greatest dance hall artists from Jamaica, Mavado as he stood at position 93. I could not believe it when I received an e-mail that my song had scooped position 27 out of 100 artists in the Coast to Coast mixture competitions last week,” he said as he chuckled.

He added that what excited him most was the fact that he was the only artist from the African continent who participated in the competition. Robby G added that although there were no monetary benefits or prizes, he managed to market himself internationally.

“Whoever is downloading the tracks on the internet will come across my name and this makes me proud. I have already received some accolades and requests from international artists such as S-Dot Macaroni, a dance hall and reggae artist from the USA and one Gen Lekgotla, a Motswana artist who is based in New Orleans in the USA,” he said.

Robby G said that all his albums were recorded at local studios, X shouts, DNX and J-Block in Gaborone.

He added that Hot FM, a Zambian radio station, has since invited him for an interview and he will soon be travelling to that country soon. He however said that he is planning to relocate from Botswana to the USA in search for greener pastures.

“One of the international artists, Gen Lekgotla, a Motswana who is based in the United States of America, has requested that I must join him in the USA so that we can work together. I have taken a decision to join him and I believe that my relocation will give me enough exposure,” Robby G said.
Touching on his career path, Robby G said that he fell in love with music, particularly dancehall,l when he was doing form four at Francistown Senior Secondary School (FSS) in 2006.

“I am from a political family and I decided to choose a career in music because it is my passion,“ he said

Asked about the state of reggae and dance hall music in Botswana, he said that the genres are big in the country.

“Reggae and dancehall are very popular in Botswana. In fact the music industry is growing in leaps and bounds. The only major challenge we have as artists in Botswana is our small population,” he said.

Robby G is sponsored by local clothing companies, F-town We Go Hard and Bots-Hunks.

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper