Southern Times Writer
Windhoek - The sound of house and Afro music is quite common in the Southern African region with countries like South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia being the prominent vehicles.
With the diversity and dynamic of music in the region, a fusion of the two genres and kwasa is a growing trend in Botswana, spreading to Angola, Namibia and Tanzania.
As part of this kwasa fusion movement, Tswana Afro kwasa musicin, Karim’s (real name Onamile Ownah Wanga) recently launched album has brought a unique fusion of house kwasa in the Southern African region.
The album, which is dubbed #Motaga, was officially launched last month and online last week and is receiving a fair reception in Botswana, Namibia and Angola.
#Motaga is a fusion of Afro kwasa and Afro house. The album is Karim’s first project after several singles.
“I have written over 150 songs, including two gospels over the years but I never released them. Out of the 150, I only released one called butterfly. The concept of #Motaga was to promote Afro kwasa and Afro house from Botswana to the rest of the region,” said Karim.
His album has six songs namely #Mogata, Sepoko, Becha, Motsene Mosimane, Appa and Tlogela bojalwa.
The album’s theme song, #Mogata, is about a traditional dance style of pulling a tail. It describes how old people dance to it as in folktales of Hambukushu and Xhereku people of Tswana and Mbukushu speaking people. Sepoko is in Setswana and Thimbukushu languages. It is basically about a jealous person who doesn't want his/her friend or family member to succeed. The song Becha is in Sestwana and features Russ Décor. The song talks about spoiling one’s loved ones.
“In this album, I wanted to promote the cultures of different ethnic groups in SADC. For instance, the theme song and also, Motsene Mosimane, which talks about different dance moves done by partners from different ethnic groups. The song is in Tswana and Hambukushu language,” said Karim.
His song Appa features Malembe and is in Seyei, Sembukushu, Tswana, Kalanga and Portuguese languages. The song is about the evolving of technology in our different societies especially the use of WhatsApp.
In a bid to address the effects of alcohol abuse among the young people in the region, Karim packaged the Tlogela bojalwa in a Thimbukushu and Setswana language. The song features Russ Décor.
Karim is an accounts teacher in Okavango junior secondary school in Botswana. Although teaching is his main profession, he has always been a fan of music ever since the age of seven. He started rapping on talent shows when he was 17-years old and the passion has been growing over the years.