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Botswana’s Dance Music Renaissance: A Vibrant Tapestry of Talent

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The dance music scene in Botswana is experiencing a seismic shift, with artists taking center stage and driving its meteoric rise. From producers to vocalists and DJs, the genre is undeniably finding its place in the hearts of Batswana. In the whirlwind that was 2023, several key figures emerged, propelling Botswana’s dance music into the spotlight.

Diverse Collaborations and Rising Stars: One standout collaboration that rocked the nation was between Dj KSB and the formidable voice of the moment, Han C. Introduced to me and the masses via mentions and collaborations with LaTimmy, the immensely talented HarryCane left an indelible mark with the wildly successful track “Dubula,” featuring Dj LaTimmy and South African sensation Master KG. Noteworthy mention goes to Chef Gustos, a self-driven young producer who has established himself as the go-to collaborator, releasing massive hits and even a full project in 2023.

Hidden Gems and Behind-the-Scenes Maestros: While some producers enjoy the limelight, others, like the unassuming WayKay BW, work diligently in the background, producing hit after hit since 2021. With growing monthly Spotify listenership, WayKay BW is poised to receive the recognition he rightfully deserves. Another unsung hero is Dj Levels, a super creative force building his reputation on good music, leaving us eager to witness his continued evolution.

Powerful Vocals and Collaborations: Serious vocalists, such as the angelic-voiced Priscilla K, are making significant strides in the scene, collaborating with heavyweight producers from South Africa, having established a formidable partnership with Dj Levels. The FME Deejays, known for their commanding presence in the club scene, have successfully transitioned into adept music producers, collaborating with artists like Mpho Sebina and diversifying the dance music landscape.

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Exciting Duos and Fresh Entrants: The dynamic duo B.O 6eats, composed of producer Thato Tladi and vocalist Camp, had a successful year, capturing hearts with singles like ‘Wena Fela.’ Their rise exemplifies the diverse talent within Botswana’s dance music space. Additionally, the multi-talented William Last KRM continues to build his impressive music catalog, collaborating with producers like Makwinja and Fella the Beat.

Legends and Future Predictions: Adding to this vibrant mix, Botswana has a rich history of big music influencers. It’s heartening to see the new wave menacingly carve a path that predecessors like Dj Kuchi, Skizo, Dj Fresh, Dj Sid, Leroy Monaheng, Boogie Sid, Drew Chadhall,Architect and many others attempted, with some successfully paving the way. The enduring impact of other legendary figures like Charma Gal and Vee Mampeezy cannot be ignored in the dance music space. Today’s dance music scene’s torchbearers are continuing this legacy and elevating it to new heights, ensuring that Botswana remains a formidable force in the global music landscape.

As the Botswana dance music scene evolves, one cannot help but wonder when the music and event scenes will reach equilibrium, propelling these names to international festivals and gigs. Predictions for the coming year are optimistic, signaling a massive year for Botswana’s dance music, with talents, vocalists, and producers set to shine on a global stage.

The dance music scene in Botswana boasts a diverse lineup of talents, including B.O Beatz, Way Kay, Dj Ngwazi, Thato Tladi, William Last KRM, Chef Gustos, FME Deejays, Mpho Sebina, Han C, Priscilla, Dj Levels, HarryCane, LaTimmy, and Dj KSB. These artists bring unique styles and collaborative energy, while veterans like Acks 99, Chrispin The Drummer, and Team Distant serve as influential pillars, shaping the rich musical legacy of Botswana. It’s not just a reflection of artistic talent but a testament to the country’s cultural richness. As the momentum builds, it’s clear that Botswana’s dance music will not be confined to local clubs; these artists are destined for international recognition. Watch closely as the vibrant beats of Botswana echo around the world, establishing the nation as a formidable force in the global dance music scene.

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SEASONED MOTSWANA SUPERSTAR ROBYN L DROPS NEW SINGLE “OBSESSION”.

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In the dynamic landscape of alternative pop music, independent artist Robyn L emerges as a force to be reckoned with. Hailing from Botswana and splitting her time between Gaborone, Cape Town, and Los Angeles, Robyn L has captured the attention of music enthusiasts worldwide with her distinct and introspective style.

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Following the success of her debut single, “Malibu Barbie,” which amassed over 1 million streams within its first year of release, Robyn L continues to make waves in the industry. The Botswana-born artist has cultivated a global fan base with a TikTok following exceeding 400k.

“I’m excited for this release!” says Robyn L. “Obsession” is the first new song for 2024, with several more on the cards, all ahead of the upcoming album. I’ve worked with fabulous writers and producers, and to bring my work back home to Botswana and South Africa has been top of my list”. 

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Robyn L’s music is a testament to her versatility, seamlessly blending influences from various genres to create captivating soundscapes. Her upcoming single, “Obsession,” is poised to captivate audiences with its unique sound and compelling narrative.

A recent graduate from Berklee College of Music, class of 2024, where she earned a degree in songwriting, the 21-year-old artist is primed to leave an indelible mark on the music world. With an anticipated album release date set for late August 2024, Robyn L is on a mission to become a household name and a pioneer in the music industry.

Robyn L invites fans and music enthusiasts alike to join her on this exciting journey as she establishes herself as a rising star in the alternative pop scene. Follow her on social media: https://www.tiktok.com/@robynlmusic

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Stream Melo – Tsa Makhete

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Check out the latest banger from the BW in 2024! Gifted rapper Melo teams up with Bang!Gae for a production that’s pure fire. With beats crafted by Nephew and beautiful nods to Setswana dikhwaere, “Tsa Makhete” is a masterpiece. Featuring the talented Nicole Martinez and Lord Ledimo, this track is an absolute vibe. Stream it now and feel the rhythm pulsating through your veins! 🎶 #TsaMakhete #BWMusic2024

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Stream project new ABITOLA’s “Kgosi ya Strata”

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