When vocalist Kenny and guitarist Soops of MaSuper Star visited the Ruff Riddims Studios in Palapye, Botswana last year, the duo had no idea the meeting
would lead to the recording session of their lives. Working with producer Moemedi Ramogapi, MaSuper Star would immediately get to work on the premiere EP Airtime.
Despite a homemade guitar made from a Caltex can with a few metal strings, Soops together with Kenny perform and sing at bus stations, malls, bars and everywhere in Mahalapye where people gather to hear the sounds of MaSuper Star.
Influenced greatly by the culture and happenings in Botswana, MaSuper Star's songs relate to daily life in the country, singing in a mix of English, Setswana (Botswana's national language) and Khoi San, a language spoken by the bushmen of the Kalahari
The lead single "Airtime" is a perfect example. "Airtime" talks about a girlfriend or boyfriend asking their loved one to send phone credits to stay connected on the mobile network with family and friends. The abrupt yet familiar disconnection in the middle of a conversation followed by the frustrating; "You have no available minutes, please recharge and try again" is an interruption Kenny and Soops are also familiar with as they try to stay in touch with loved ones while travelling in search of work between their home town of Mahalapye and the commerce and trade centre, Serowe.
The track "Mathichara" talks about teachers going on strike and is a motivational song to the government for the increase of teachers’ salaries. While, "I Say Mama I
Say” gives thanks to the love of mothers. The 4th song, "Katara" features the young talented singer Skeat (Akwaaba Records) and conveys gratefulness to God for the talents he has given us.
Over three days at the Ruff Riddims Studio, MaSuper Star has created an all-embracing album with the bittersweet sounds of Botswana that is sure to resonate with listeners worldwide. On top of these four amazing tracks, Masalacism Records has commissioned
a dance oriented remix by DJ Mpula from the Batida Collective. Keeping the inner melancholy of the song, DJ Mpula adds a sort of African Saudade to this club version.
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