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You Need To Hear This Incredible Guitar Playing From Botswana

Here's a style of guitar playing from Botswana that you've probably never seen before.

In a Youtube clip that's been viewed over a million times, Ronald "Ronnie" Moipolai can be seen playing a guitar from above the neck, fastly plucking away at the uncharacteristically four-stringed instrument, even hitting the guitar's body to create some sounds.

The resulting groove, called 'Botswana Music Guitar,' has traits of Congolese Rumba, South African Zulu Mbaqanga and the Zimbabwean guitar masters.


This incredible style is now being compiled by Piranha Records and Vital Record in their upcoming release, I'm Not Here To Hunt Rabbits, due April 27. Today we're premiering the second single off that compilation, "Tika Molamu (Knobkerrie Throw)," by Botswana's talented Sibongile Kgaila.



Today we're premiering the second single off that compilation, "Tika Molamu (Knobkerrie Throw)," by Botswana's talented Sibongile Kgaila.

"Traditional Botswana guitar is always four strings, never six," writes Sibongile Kgaila. "Our music is suited for four strings. With six strings, now you're moving into jazz and other kinds of music. All the songs I play are my own compositions. Ideas just come to me, like fruit falling from a tree. There's nothing I like more than composing songs. [...] Over the years I've shared lots of tips and tricks, but I take pride in having my own distinct style."

David Aglow from Vital Record adds, "Sibongile is a rock star. You know it when you see him, and he dresses to stand out. [...] I've seen him crack up stone faced people passing by who really seemed to have no interest in this kind of music at all. [...] Seeing Sibongile live in a small town bar is an experience you'll never forget even though you may have difficulty remembering it!"

The line-up of artists featured in I'm not here to hunt Rabbits include Ronald "Ronnie" Moipolai, Molefe "Western" Lekgetho, Sibongile Kgaila, Annafiki "Anna" Ditau, Oteng Piet, Solly Sebotso, Batlaadira Radipitse, and Motlogelwa "Babsi" Barolong.

I'm Not Here To Hunt Rabbits album is coming out on vinyl along with a 36-page color booklet & 8 download bonus tracks on April 27.

Get into these amazing guitar sounds from Botswana below.

News Brief

British Police Will Take No Further Action In Investigating the Death of Railway Worker, Belly Mujinga

Mujinga, a Congolese-born railway worker, died of COVID-19 after being spat on by a man who said he was infected with the disease.

British Transport Police (BTS) say that no further action will be taken in the death of 47-year-old railway worker Belly Mujinga, who died of COVID-19 in April after being spat on by a man who said he was infected with the virus.

Authorities claim that after an extensive review, they found no evidence that criminal activity had caused her death. In a statement via Huffington Post, authorities say they reviewed CCTV footage and spoke with key witnesses in the case, and determined that no further action will be taken against a 57-year-old man from London who they interviewed in connection to the incident.

"Following a review of all the information, senior detectives have concluded that there is no evidence to substantiate any criminal offences having taken place, and that the tragic death of Belly Mujinga was not a consequence of this incident," said a spokesperson for BTS.

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