Saturday, September 19, 2020

MY STAR winners release albums

It is all coming back and it’s big and more interesting.

It is none other than the music talent search and grooming music show, My Star, formerly known as Pop Star Botswana.

Next season’s show comes after the three winners of this year’s breathtaking and fiercely contested show have released their albums.
Kitso Selato, the top winner of this year’s contest, has released an eight track solo album entitled I Will Be There and all who have followed the Botswana television talent show know that there are no words that can describe the pint sized star’s talent, lest talent be spoiled with words.

He had, throughout the season, mesmerized music enthusiasts with his melodious tone, something that saw him commanding a large number of followers, garnering about 10 000 votes during the grand finale of the show.

The second winner, Dineo Radiposo, and the third winner, Naledi Thabakgolo, have collaborated and adopted the name Krystal, releasing an album of the same name.

The duo is a force to reckon with after successfully parading their immense talent during the course of last season’s show.

Speaking to Sunday Standard, the duo’s producer and My Star’s producer, Master Dee, revealed that they successfully recorded the albums in the United Kingdom, at London’s Music Complex Studio.

“The albums are already out in music shops country wide and are already enjoying massive airplay on all local radio stations,” he said.

The Department of Youth Sport and Culture funded the trip to the tune of P90 000.

Master Dee commended the government for coming forth in taking the performing arts seriously, saying, “I’m speechless, this is the first time that our government has taken it upon itself to empower the youth economically and financially through the performing arts.”

He was referring to President Khama’s bold steps in financing performing arts nationally through the President’s Day celebrations and Shaw Kgati’s new initiative that, for the first time, choral Choirs will be offered a platform to record its music.

However, Master Dee expressed concern at local private companies, saying they are lagging behind in offering a hand to local artists. He said instead, local companies and events promoters would rather hire and promote outside artist at exorbitant prices, ignoring local artists, something that is not healthy for the growth of local industry.

To recruit new My Star aspirants and to promote the already launched albums, Master Dee and his music entourage will embark on a nationwide tour.

On the 21st of November they will be in the mining town of Jwaneng, on the 28th of the same month they will head to Orapa, 5 December they will touch down in Selebi Phikwe-Area 2, on the 24th-25th they will perform at Tati River Lodge.

The tour will beef up festivities of December 31 at Maun Stadium and before moving to the Ghanzi Community Hall on the 1st of January.

Master Dee urged the youth that “My Star has started, it is never late, get out and try your luck”.

The registering ends on December 31st, 2010.

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