Mpho Sebina. Image courtesy of the artist.

11 Musicians From Botswana To Watch This Year

Featuring Biscuithead, Sasa Klaas, Motswafere, A.T.I, Takunda, Mpho Sebina and many more.

I'll be the first to admit that music journalism is virtually non-existent in Botswana. No one wants to pay creatives to do anything here, hell, even just getting a press pass is nearly-impossible. By now, we young creatives have all been around and grew up with each other that there's so much strife at this point it can be hard to be objective and open.

Looking beyond that though, I dug into my vast well of knowledge, precious intuition and tender (read: petty) heart to bring you this list and I must say, I can neither confirm nor deny whether it's in any particular order.

The following artists are mostly hip-hop oriented with a mix of neo-soul and well, a dab of obscure genres we're yet to really name. It was important for me to keep the list focused on the youth. So here are the top 11 (numerology experts will tell you this is a power/angel number, so y'all will definitely be blessed on some level) list of artists to watch from Botswana this year.

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Kintsukuroi: A Lesson in Breaking

On healing after losing a child and finding beauty in the cracks of one's shattered self.

The greatest creation I've ever made falls out of me at 18—my life's work dies. I watch in disbelief as what I thought was just a particularly horrible menstrual cycle produces something bigger than a blood clot. Something I could have named had it stayed inside me and grew. I miscarry on our toilet at exactly 7AM on a Monday morning, the day before Valentine's day.

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Asexual Pansexual—On Performing Queerness Without Having Sex

How do we hold onto identity in a world full of expectations about what you do with your private parts.

Asexual pansexual—the title reads like that of a bad poem and in a parallel universe it may very well be but for now, it is the one I carry. One I use so those around me can identify/roughly guess what I do with my genitals and heart (but mainly my genitals). With the title, however, comes the weight of having to live up to what I claim to be. To perform, for lack of a better term, my queerness in order to prove to the world that I am, in fact, what I say I am.

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