Botswana Music to know.. F.P.M.G (Old Skul Jushi)

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I have gained such an appreciation for my city over the past years. Every bit of it. Its glory, its new rookies, the bubbling under, the mainstreams, the Underground, the next best, The firsts, its new creatives, the wannabes, the has been’, the I will be back, the vacancy, the love, decay and crime. Though I have never made any promises, I only said that I’d try to live and be the best creative observer that I could be. This pas’ weekend i was invited to do a music video styling for BW’S hottest music group- FPMG. I ended up doing mostly accessories styling because from music to looking the part, these guys know how to execute a concept with so much ease. My job was made easier.

WHO IS FPMG??
Fancy Path Music Group (FPMG).

Excellence, futuristic concepts and great quality production. This is a music group musing on Botswana’s promise, to give you 100% international level production.It comprises of 2 producers and 5 artists of different genres from Motswako, Hip Hop, House music, R n’ B, Jazz and contemporary music. This versatile hip hop group is made up of Sentence, BlaqBoi, Motswaki Vic, DoughBoy, Tido, Khwezi, Prince (Royal Dj) and Spryt. FPMG gives a meaning to what a music group should be- an art-form, not just entertainment, poetic flow not nursery rhymes, intellect more so than wit. Even in their casual songs, strictly for entertainment they still display a tremendous level of talent. They are the perfect entertainment package.
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The way their production slays every track they put their hands on makes some of these *wack artists” sound like the next Kendrick, while they sound like they own the genre.

Don’t believe me?
think about lyricism, think about delivery, originality, and sincerity in the rhymes. Then when you acknowledge that, you have to think about production quality and consistency. They never put out sub-par tracks.

WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN?…
The Black Chinese Mixtape was the first project FPMG worked on which includes radio singles such as ‘Grind’ and ‘Mo Sphankgeng’ which are the most recognizable by their supporters. This mixtape was released online and is still available for download. They have an affinity with Chinese’s spirit of team work and ambition to succeed in everything they do. The further added that the concept is also a way of integrating cultures and reaching out to masses beyond their natural skin tone. It was originally derived from the Far-East Asian culture of team spirit,community building and creativity.

FPMG’S BW’S PRODUCERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
SPRYT has made BW’s hottest hits that’s receiving massive airplay right now: Sasa Klaas’- H.A.D.S.A.N, Sasa Klaas’ft Scar – A Ke mo khandeng , Khwezi ft Nature’s – GOOD LIFE, Motswaki Vic’s TSWAKATSONE, Nomadic FT Khwezi & Motswaki Vic- FOR THE LOVE while another FPMG producer, Prince THE ROYAL Dj, has produced hits like FPMG’S ‘Mo Sphankgeng’ Old Jushi, FPMG’S Becha FT JUJU BOY and Sasa Klass “I DID IT” to name a few.

WHAT THEY ARE ON..NOW
I say they are out here to revive the radio culture. Ages, stages & phases, they are radio’s new voice only at war with their art, consumed in something bigger than luck. On the topic of art, they are currently working on an album entitled the Art of War which is scheduled for release this year, 2013. They say, the Art of War is an album that expresses their struggles and strides in the creative industry seeing it has been a long fight to be heard out as Hip Hop artists and misunderstood by the masses. They use their creativity to fight this ‘war’, other than turning to drugs and a life of crime to take their frustrations out on. Apart from music, there is a movement sub division of Fancy Path Holdings thus its management. All i know is, they collect bruises to breed our humility, but destroy every studio equipment they touch and pen down, just for your listening pleasure. 🙂

THE OLD SKUL JUSHI VIDEO SCENE..

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from left to right, Doughboy, Sentence, (BACK) Blackboi and Tido, (FRONT) Motswaki Vic and Khwezi.
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FPMG: from left to right: Spryt (Producer), DoughBoi, Sentence, (back BlaqBOI),Motswaki Vic, Khwezi, FRONT(Tido).
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DIRECTOR S (Smokie Mogapi),Directing.
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Old skul Jushi.
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Whats’ old skul without Dickies??
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Motswaki Vic
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Tido and Sentence: Dont let them fool you, their image changes with each song. They are very much hip hop.
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Sentence, BlaQBoi and Motswaki Vic.
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BEHIND THE SCENES : LOOK OUT FOR:
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Milly, Milly Milez, Milez. Catch up niggas.
Old Skul Jushi Trivia

Old Skul Jushi obtained legendary votes on Yarona FM GOT 3/3 votes last week Sunday and blew people of on Scramble Of Africa with T Izzy, then 5/5 votes on Mojo In The Morning with Scar & Phenyo.

Old Skul Jushi? now that’s a track that could build a whole new music cult and genre. FPMG, now that’s a family that could heal Botswana’s music industry. Look out for Old skul Jushi at The Yarona Fm top 40 at 40, Saturdays Here, http://www.yaronafm.co.bw
Watch this space, and when you do, remember this post. Filed September 23TH Monday, 2013.

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A hearty thank you goes out to:
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Heineken
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United Cafe and Eleganza Store.

LONG MAY THE ASSOCIATION CONTINUE.
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Watch some of their work here:
FPMG FT JUJU BOY BECHA” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B5Sadsl_Es
fpmg ft JUJU BOY From the bottom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXrkSq8AGMA
Nomdic ft. FPMG (for the love) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z27Os6xXFVY”
Nomadic ft Motswaki Vic, Khwezi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z27Os6xXFVY

FOLLOW THE MOVEMENT:
REVERBNATION: http://www.reverbnation.com/FPMG
LIKE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fancy-Path-Music-Group-FPMG/236775853051288?directed_target_id=0″
FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER: @WEareFPMG

till next time because I got more.
kissed by the sun twice.
The Khoi-fro.
Your Fashion Artiste.

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SENSATIONAL SATURDAYS…the weekend that was.

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Social and Entertainment Events. Music Artists Launches. Exhibitions. Themed Events. You name it. BLU Muffin ENTERTAINMENT strives for excellence and does it all with class.This past weekend they proved WHY they are still the town’s sought after team with their SENSATIONAL SATURDAY sneakers checker edition, held at the Pavilion. Hosted by Scar and Linxstar, the EVENT attracted loyal “theme yay sayers”. Easy like a warm Sunday morning, this was a chilled event.Beautiful and organised space. Great vibes. Sensationalized occasion. But one thing though, can we just UP our SNEAKER game?

Anyways, HERE are SOME of the steps. Please excuse their cut-unseen faces, just know that God was in their faces throughout. All Love and smiles. 🙂
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Radio Personality/Rapper Scar and The Khoi-fro
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The steps attached to the game and name, Peter Ferguson.
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Re-defining. Refreshing. Just new rules!

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All in all, I am grateful for THIS MINUTE, the wonderful places and people I meet because of life.

Follow them on Twitter and Instagram
@Blumuffinent
LIKE their FAN PAGE
Blu Muffin Entertainments.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/BLU-MUFFIN-ENTERTAINMENT/133163210047292

till next time because i got more.
the khoi-fro fashion artist 🙂

Botswana on Fashion and Photography!

….unconditional love to caging and freeing reality!

If a picture says a thousand words, Petra Rolinec’s are the words!! Intriguing and unique style of fashion photography, her work at the intersection of contemporary photography, represents a very different way of seeing the world of fashion and is truly exceptional. Her masterful use of light, balance and a spare composition create an understated elegance! Inspired by different sources, mainly drawn out of love and seeing things that were created with love for life and all its beauty, she creates an ART- broadly defined! Muted, shadowy, surreal-marking a significant break from the bland aesthetics of photography, hers has captured us and gracefully walked that line between elegance and edge. She turns fashion into an exotic escape. We love her work because, like art in general-doesn’t tell about today only, it speaks truths about yesterday and tomorrow! One thing for sure, Petra surely leaves a piece of her soul in every image- every photograph is her soul’s silhouette. Gain an understanding of Fashion Photography, and appreciate the importance of visual communication within the world of fashion. Botswana fashion photography is on the rise and what way to celebrate this by showing you one of our gatshy favourite fashion photographers here!? Learn more of her gatshy work at http://www.8tiesbaby.com

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Model Julie Juice Tsile in Botho Chalebgwa botocy creations. Breath-taking!
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Model Nature in Delayna Melissa Donica Scott. Fashion Escapism!
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Model Michelle Ngaa Chikazunga in Kagiso Lesotlho creations. Nubian Queen!
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Model Botho Naima Nanvula in Kagiso Lesotlho designs, gracefully welcomes the golden hour, into town. Love!
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The hand that is blessed. Petra Rolinec, the photographer.

Credits:
PHOTOGRAPHY by: Petra Rolinec/ http://www.8tiesbaby.com
MAKE-UP: Jennifer Osei-Mensah and Gwen Issacs

till next time because I got more!

SOLANGE AND I..

Today I stepped into myself and asked myself why that one Berliner photographer mistook me for Solange at the recent Berlin Mercedes-Benz fashion week. In my African stance,facing north,a voice pierced through my camera lens! One Berlin photographer hollered Solange’s name. In shock, I turned around to see where the queen of quirk was, and to my dismay he hollered. He hollered At me! OK. Was it because of my hair? Or because of how I was dressed? “You both wear your hair like that and you have a quirky style!” He said. Shocked yet flattered by the comparison, I smiled but I couldn’t stop thinking that I am kissed by the sun twice, while she, shimmers and maybe Solange was really there. Anyways, Story for another day. He went on about how he genuinely thought I was Solange. We went on for about another 10 minutes talking about fashion in Africa, Botswana and my style. It’s only today that I realize that,we are following the same fashion stars. I have loved “off-ish” fashion of mixing and missing prints ever since i could say “mama”. From that conversation with the Berliner photographer, I realized that people tend to listen more attentively to someone based on the chosen art-form depicted in their dress-code. I’ve been told by several people that my style is more or less equals that of Solange. I can’t be more humbled, but a minute amount of anxiety started to tinge all my actions and fashion choices. I had always taken myself to be origi-unique, a quirky individual, but with the rising star of Solange outshining all my individual quirks, was I no longer me ,Tsholo Dikobe- the Khoi-fro Fashion artist? or it’s simply that we gravitate towards the same fashion duds? The latter. Just the other day in a supermarket someone told me how I reminded them of Solange. Not for my looks but what I had on and how I wore it. Today I make peace with it that I might just happen to share the same taste as a celebrity. All i know is I took the compliment and ran with it. And that just affirmed me, that one day, maybe I’ll bump into her in one of these international fashion shows and she’ll tel me how great I look or better yet-that I should style her for an upcoming magazine shoot. Honor. Excitement. Love. Wonderment!

I love her. I mean we are both 80’s babies, and our birthdays are 2 days apart. That must be it. And why did I post this? To keep the dream alive. I am Sending this post out to the universe, that Feet can’t fail me now, while I go searching for my “fashion twin”.
P.S i shall keep you posted on her whereabouts :)……

Now Tel me, who is your “celebrity fashion twin??!” 🙂

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till next time because i got more 🙂
kissed by the sun twice.
Fashion Artist