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Dibeisane brings good festive vibes for traditional music fans

NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE
Kabelo Mogwe, featuring MmaAusi Lekoma’s new single Dibeisane, has blown traditional music fans away in the process activating the Christmas mood.

Just a few days, Kulenyane singer and also Charma Gal’s ex husband, released Dibeisane, which has since become one of the country’s popular songs of the year. The song is rich in Setswana proverbs, making it more appealing.

In the first stanzas, the song says, ‘mono ngwaga ga ke dumedise. Tota ke belwa ke go itumela. Ke bua le lona baagisane. Ke ja mogopo ke le nosi. Ga ese mokgwa ke molao’, before MmaAusi proceeds to say, ‘dibeisane dibeisane, megopo e mebedi e a tsamaega. Pelo tshwaana. Pelo boela mannong’.

It goes on to say that dibeisane (dishes) are two people’s business. It talks of two people going to different places all because of dibeisane. The song holds a secretive message between the couple. The song’s instruments and the two singers’ voices complement each other.

Dibeisane, one of the songs in the album, is also the title name of the Culture Spears album. Joe Maseko in Zimbabwe recorded the album at House of Raising Sounds. Culture Spears has been recording most of its popular songs such as Kulenyane, Matebele and other at the Zimbabwe based

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studio. Dibeisane album has eight songs, which includes Sephiri, Seana Marena, Khubule, Phikoko and others.

In an interview with Culture Spears founder, Mogwe, he said the album was recorded at House of Raising Sounds where they recorded five songs. He said Dr Tawanda at Mega Base Studio recorded three songs from the album in Botswana. Those songs include Are Tlhabaneng, Bomalome Ba Re Boleletse and others.

“Sephiri is a song that encourages people not to keep secrets as secrets have the ability to ruin lives.  A person can be a victim of blackmail because of secrets. Secrets have ruined so many people’s lives. The other song that I like in the album is Seana Marena, which I heard in Lesotho.

“This is a folk traditional song that has gained fame in weddings. When I sang this song, the audience welcomed it with open arms and therefore I decided to convert it into Setswana traditional song. The other song Khumbele is about traditional games. I want Batswana to appreciate and continue restoring traditional games and other traditions as they define us,” he said.



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