Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
The message is simple and straight to the point: “give us Thembeni and Jelinah or kiss goodbye our support.” This ultimatum was given to Culture Spears by the fans who threatened to boycott the group if their demands are not met.
Culture Spears is the brain child of Kabelo Mogwe who pitched the idea to his childhood-turned-estranged-friend Thembeni Ramosetheng. Although skeptical at first citing lack of resources especially with finance, Thembeni finally agreed to the idea of joining forces with best friend Kabelo.
Great! Two enthusiastic gentlemen with big dreams. Kabelo is a good singer in his own rights. Thembeni, also, is a great singer. His voice is rich and mesmerizing. Surely these gentlemen will make a great duo. But what about a female voice to make it a trio?
That’s when Magdeline Lesolebe (now Mogwe) first came into the picture. When Kabelo first heard Magdeline sing, he couldn’t think twice, he wanted Magdeline to join them. The three came together, rehearsed and went into the studio to record their first album “Korone” that will soon take Botswana by storm with the hit tracks of the likes of ‘Selonyana’, ‘Mmadikokwana’, ‘Phala’ and ‘Serudi sa pula’.
But of course the fourth member, Jelinah Mokgwatlheng was with Culture Spears from the early days, going up and down with the group. She played a vital role and was a true soldier of the group. She contributed immensely in composing and song writing, music video concepts and dance moves among others.
But with Jelinah, the group was faced with a difficult challenge- she had chronic illnesses and that would mean Magdeline was the only female dancer in her absence. Because Jelinah was the great dancer (and versatile) full of energy, Culture Spears did not want to lose her. Plus Jelinah was not about to quit after she had worked hard to build the group in her capacity as one of the founding members and a shareholder.
That’s when Lydia Oile (who will soon take over as the favourite dancer, thanks to the Nchadinyana branding) was recruited to join Culture Spears. The advent of Ms Lydia brought Culture Spears to five members, 3 female dancers and 2 male dancers. To balance the equation, Mr Malaki Tapologo was roped in before the group released their best property ever, ‘Khudu’ which was their third album
In a nutshell, that’s the brief history of Culture Spears, the most sought after traditional group in the Southern African region. The greatest award winning traditional group. The best! The group that represented the Batswana Culture with pride. The perfect traditional group. But of course that was before Jelinah left the group in 2010 and brought our attention to the gory details behind the Culture Spears.
Three years down the line, another co-founder, Thembeni Ramosetheng left the group to focus on solo project amidst ongoing allegations of purging and non-payments among others. To add fuel to the raging fire, the Culture Spears married couple, Magdeline and Kabelo went ahead to record ‘Culture Spears’ fifth album called “Kulanche” without Thembeni although his image was used on the CD sleeve, apparently without his consent.
Now, fans are up in arms, demanding that Thembeni Ramosetheng and Jelinah Mokgwatlheng be reinstated in the group. IF NOT… all hell will break loose. Read what the fans had to say below:
Honourable PorshCris Katumetso Nkalafang III: Jelinah and Themebeni whr are thy without them u ar like a bird without wings bring those guys back we nid them
Ledef Hoss Baikgantsi: Truth hurts maar ga o batla go bona gore dis cul couple ya bora… watch their video o hlope tshumu tsoga eish… e hlomola pelo… ka lo rata guys but without Tembeni u aint the same.
Mjenitos Ikaneng: Le nna ga ona ha ke tsenang teng, moo ga se Culture Spears ke Couple Spears, re batla Tembeni mo teng
Max Magoda Ntalabgwe: Rragwe Zari le Jelina ba kae Mr Kabelo plz talk to us ke rona re tsenyang madi garesa itumela no more zaka Mr.
Mussa Taina Machake: First it was Jelinah nw Thembeni… and they rock shame.
Neelo S Mum Thuso: Ke le morotloetsi yo o pelo wa C/Spears ke khubama ka mangole ke kopa gore le dire DVD e ncha ya Kulanche… Dis DVD disappoint me mo ke ileng ka tsholola keledi… Hlatswa lesire ke yone e nametsang, fa e le tse dingwe ke mathata… Dirang Kulanche reloaded bathong.
Mothokwa wa ga Poopedi: Dumelang Culture Spears gale arabe dipotjiso tja bathekgo ba lena. Naa go diregang ka Thembeni?
Albert Kgabo Tlhako: You are so boring nowadays. Bring back Rra Mozara first.
Ikhehlalomlungu vus Miya: Buyisani ujelinah no Thembeni first then nizo rocker futhi.
Nosi Zizikazi Benya: Not on family spears, m sorry.