Vol.23 No.183

Tuesday 5 December 2006    
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Arts/Culture Review
Culture Spears steals limelight at BOMU music awards

MOSAH MOKGANEDI
Correspondent

12/5/2006 4:37:35 PM (GMT +2)

They may be young not only in the music industry but also age wise, but Culture Spears traditional group has proved to be popular among music lovers especially with their heat song "Kulenyane."


People attending BOMU music awards went wild even before the group was introduced during the parading session. The wildness continued when the group took to the stage to perform the song "Kulenyane". The group's performance came immediately after the presentation of the Traditional group of the year award, which many thought the group would win. The song blended well with the loss. When they sang "ke a belaela, ke a ngongora", it seemed to refer to their suspicion of foul play in the award. Attendents murmured disapproval as Stigga and Sister were called to the stage to collect the award.

As lead singer Kabelo Mogwe led his crew on the stage, revellers already knew what they were going to be fed with. Everybody rose to their feet and clapped hands as the Kasane-based group mounted the platform. Revellers, especially ladies, could not help but scream with joy and enthusiasm. The group gave an excellent performance. People got chills as Mogwe pointed at revellers and asked them to tell "Kulenyana" to stay away from his wife and warned him that if he happened to know him, he would teach him a lesson.

Their breath taking performance left some revellers speechless. When the nominees for the categories that Culture Spears contended for were read out, people shouted the name of the group before the winner could be named. "This is good," commented one reveller. The group also proved their mettle when they won artiste of the year award beating music heavy weights like Franco Lesokwane, Odirile Vee Sento and Ndingo Johwa. Culture Spears also won the fiercely contested song of the year award against Franco's Tipi Ya Mokwatla, Mr Tag's Selemela and Thulie' s hot Maphuthadichaba.

In other categories, Ndingo Johwa won the best folk album in a category that was contested by only two groups, the other contender being Boys Top Ten. The BY 2 beat Snyomfere in the house mix category. There was a hot competition in the Afro Pop category that saw five giants pitting strength against each other. Mr Tagg proved to be popular by beating Ex-cut edge, Momo, Ashley Gops and the soft singing Shanti Loo. Punah Gabasiane walked away with the Jazz Album of the year award. Franco won the best Kwasa-Kwasa album category beating Chris Manto 7 while Mapetla won best kwaito album category. The new kid on the block, the ever-energetic Chris Manto 7, beat established artistes like Dithakga tsa mmino, Punah Gabasiane, and Franco Lesokwane in the best video award. Sylvester 'Sly' Ntshinogang of RB 2 and Tshepiso Letshwiti of the Guardian newspaper were rewarded for supporting local music. Send us your comments about Mmegi newspaper Search For Old Newspaper Editions To advertise contact us through email

 
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