Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

9 July 2007

Botswana: Matsieng Bounces Back

Gaborone — Eric Ramco Records super traditional group Matsieng is bouncing back in style with an amazing new album, Setswana Sa Bo Rre. The 12-track album has been in the pipeline for the last five months at his 207 Studio in Phakalane. The stable is so determined to get back to the top after losing Machesa last year.

Word from the street is that Ramco stopped all productions and concentrated solely on making this album one of the

Matsieng burst onto the music scene last year with their hit album, Semakaleng. The group was dubbed as the next Machesa. DT, Roy and Maeras proved that they are a force to reckon with hits like Semakaleng, Thulamela, Segametsi and Ke Bone Mosadi to mention just a few. Their explicit lyrics and DT's big voice made everyone to pay attention. They went on to book themselves a place in the inaugural Mokaragana competition where they were knocked out in the semi-finals. At the end of last year, they were chosen with Wizards of The Desert to tour Singapore with President Festus Mogae.

When their producer T Dludla left the country to his native South Africa, everyone cast doubt as to whether they could maintain the tempo. All this has been aptly answered in the new album, Setswana Sa Bo Rre. This time the production was done by Earth. It must be said the pair of Prez Beatz and Goofy have really grown into not only a great hip hop powerhouse but can hold themselves against producers from other genres. Matsieng has stuck to their hard-hitting explicit lyrics, DT is in a league of his own in song writing and delivery. Even Eric Ramco got involved in the production and song and lyrics writing.

The 12-track album is scheduled for release this week and already word from the stable is that those who have been given advance copies have nodded with approval. Tunes like Tinto and Mpheregetlhe are going to make a mark. Whether the group can emulate the current number one group in the country, Culture Spears, in sales and popularity remains to be seen.

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