Based : Botswana
Culture Spears is a Tswana traditional music group based in Botswana. It is also a traditional dance group.
Culture Spears have released four albums: Korone, Kulenyane, Khudu and Kulanche. Kulenyane sold over 60,000 units within three months and won several awards.This hit album was produced by Zimbabwean producer Johane Maseko (famously called Joe Maseko) at his House of the Rising Sound in Gwabalanda township, Bulawayo (Zimbabwe’s second capital). Culture Spears would maintain an on and off relationship with Maseko (now deceased ; November 2018).
The group played at prominent events in and outside Botswana, winning numerous awards and becoming one of the most successful groups in the country’s local music industry.Culture Spears was given the Presidential Award of Merit. In 2008 they were invited by the South African president Thabo Mbeki to perform for him.
“Kulenyane” was the first traditional song to be played on urban radios stations which used to shun traditional music. The song’s popularity saw the late South African DJ Bujo Mujo reproducing “Kulenyane” as a house song, while another renowned South African gospel musician, Solly Moholo, bought the rights of the song to make his own “Mokhukhu” version of it.
“Khudu” won the Song of the Year and Best Video of the Year awards at the Botswana Music Union (BOMU) awards in 2010.