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Don B smokes from the head in Face to Face

If there is one individual musician who has proved that disability is not inability it is Donald Botshelo(Don B). The silk- voiced disco star is the envy of many a musician.
By Staff Writer Sun 26 Apr 2015, 15:01 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Don B smokes from the head in Face to Face








The man who hails from Pitsane in Borolong chose to ignore those who tried to marginalize him because he was visually impaired and ventured into the tough music world full of "sharks" waiting to pounce on anyone who looked vulnerable but because of his confidence he took that chance and it has worked wonders for him.

His vocal ability and creativity endeared him to thousands of fans around the country even before he joined Dalom Music in South Africa. But hey, although on the surface he does not seem to care about his disability, being a jolly person that he is Botshelo has a stern warning to those who would try to look down upon him or other people in his predicament.

The dread locked musician has been featured in Mac Dee's Face to Face disco outfit which recently dropped its second album called Ingwe ne Ngonyama(Tiger and Lion). Although he was just excellent in the three song that he did on the album it is in track number 8 Respect Disability that Botshelo would touch any listener's heart.

It starts with the musician announcing in a deep voice that "this message goes to the whole nation, there is ability in disability" and then goes the rhyme, "chesa". In the track Botshelo expresses disappointment at some people who often take advantage of people with disability and warns that anyone could end up disabled although they would have been born just fine.

This song has a touching message but Botshelo would not spend the whole five minutes moaning when he is supposed to be entertaining and the way he changes tones in this track just goes to show that indeed there is ability in disability as the song says.

He has done songs about the Zebras before and his love for the team keeps growing especially after their historic qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations. He has done tracks such as Re bapala le bashanyana in which he waxed lyrical about the late striker Oliver Pikati.

He has done it again in the new album this time showering both coach Stanley Tshosane and the team for their heroics and warning those who had been casting some doubts over the coach and his team that this was only the beginning.

The album also features Linda Sekgoma on the track Hamba, Ludwe Maki who did the track Otla itshola as well as Thabile Mazolwana who like Don B contributed three tracks to the album, Nontobeko, Face to Face and Lotsha.

Interestingly house djs Mac Dee and Dj Mox composed and produced this disco album with ease doing all the instrumentation. Face to Face's first album was a tribute to the late Matshikos lead singer Penwell Kunene who passed away in 2009.  He and Mac Dee were good buddies hence the inspiration to release a project in his honour.



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