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Ramonyaku's artistry documented on DVD

Musician-cum-artist, Ramonyaku is set to release a DVD of his new album, Letota La Ga Khama. The DVD is likely to be a true testimony that the hulky performer rates among the best in the traditional music stakes.
By Chippa Legodimo Wed 16 Oct 2013, 22:35 pm (GMT +2)
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It is a combination of cultural celebration and his ability to use mythical amusement to tell stories.  At the same time, it could serve as a real mind teaser for those who might have been showing little interest in this kind of music.

In the DVD, there are shots of the Old Palapye ruins, which is referred to as Letota La Ga Khama, and big girls with big bums and curvy hips, maybe to 'prove' that only Ga-Mmabesi women have such endowments.

"I for one can confirm for you that this is not just a myth.  I am from Serowe and all those ladies featured in the DVD are from home.  I wanted to tell a story in two ways where I celebrated our heritage while proudly showing the world what women from our area offer," Ramonyaku told Showbiz.

After the release of the album early this year, his audience seemed to feel an immediate attachment to the title track.  Another song that has the potential to keep viewers glued to the small screen is Selina.

Not only does the song attempt to address the problem of loose girls who often end up becoming a burden to their families once they fall sick, but its instrumental is also superb.  It is a fusion of niggling flutes, a soulful bass keyboard and relentless marimba.

Selina's elderly father tries to guide her but the rowdy youth feels she is on top of the world and would not heed the old man because she has an attractive curvy body which makes her a big hit with the men. After she is bedridden, the family has to put up with village rumours.

Another celebration of Botswana's culture and heritage is the song Re Batswana in which the significance of cattle is demonstrated.

A founder member of traditional music troupe, Ditshimega, Ramonyaku (real name Arnold Sekgee) formed the popular Triple R whose song Malotwaneng made a big impact just weeks after release in 2011.



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