SERUFHO: I am Tuelo Daniel Serufho, born in the City of Francistown in the seventies but raised in the mining town of Selibe Phikwe. I should of course mention that in Phikwe I was commonly known as ‘Pro’, a nickname I earned during my time when I played football. I have academic qualifications in teaching (Business Studies and English) and Sport Administration. A good part of my work life has been in Sport Administration. Currently I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) based in Gaborone.
DJ Lexy J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
SERUFHO: My relationship with music dates back to my formative years. At the time I could make sense of phenomena, including music, my mother was a big Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman fan; invariably I became a fan of those ladies too. As artists such as Brenda Fassie and Yvonne Chaka Chaka were getting quite some significant airplay on broadcast platforms, I also developed a liking for their music during my formative years.
In my early teens, I owned a Walkman and later a DiscMan and had the means to trade and could start getting cassettes/discs for myself. I gravitated towards Rap & Hip Hop, R&B and funk music as they called it then.
DJ Lexy J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
SERUFHO: Interestingly, I have a very eclectic taste! I listen to a lot of music genres, provided the music is good. Of course on an average day I mostly listen to R&B, Hip Hop and lately Dance Hall. On weekends its predominantly House music, ha ha ha!
Regarding indulgence, music is a part of me. When driving, I’m either generally listen to news on radio or music. At home, I also play music while carrying out some chores.
DJ Lexy J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
SERUFHO: Music has influenced my life in many different ways. It is through music, amongst other things that I learnt that if you set your sights on something and pursue such with all the might you have, you could potentially achieve same. Music has made me resilient over the years. Over the years, I have been confronted with many challenges, including the passing of parents and grandparents, and music played a big role in my ability to cope with the loss. At some point in time music was one of my revenue streams! Yes, I know many people may not be aware of that part of my life. I was a DJ for a short stint, mainly focusing on corporate events and house parties. Unfortunately, when I had more responsibilities at my regular employment I could no longer make time to play music at gigs, so I quit.
DJ Lexy J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
SERUFHO: As stated, I did listen to a bit of South African Disco, Pop/Folk/Blues in my formative years but now I don’t quite listen to that genre anymore, although I do have an eclectic taste. In my early years, I was unaware of house music but now I am a big fan of it, especially at the weekend and social events.
DJ Lexy J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place?
SERUFHO: ‘Dear Mama’ by Tupac Shakur always reminds me of my mother and how mischievous I was as a little boy and perhaps how unappreciative I was at the time. While I always knew she was a great mother, I only really got to appreciate how much she did for us once I started working and realised how little my monthly income was and yet she managed to take care of the entire family with little resources. Then I remember Shanice’s ‘I like you smile’. It’s the song that was used for the parade of the first beauty contest I ever went to on my own. As a teenager at that time, you can imagine the level of excitement elicited by just being out there with the boys, without folks prying on you all the time. Snap’s “I’ve got the Power’, Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’ MC Hammer’s ‘Too Legit To Quit, Can’t Touch this, Have You Seen Her’ Snoop’s ‘Who am I’ Ain’t No Fun and Murder Was the Case’. These songs remind me of my prime days when one would walk around with headphones and music blasting from a Walkman/Discman, oh my! Those were the days.
DJ Lexy: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
SERUFHO: Changes – Tupac Shakur (1); Turn Your Lights Down Low – Lauryn Hill (2); and This woman’s work – Maxwell (3).
DJ Lexy J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
SERUFHO: I think Michael Jackson takes this one. His genre of music was not particularly my favourite, but he still had a way of making me love his music. His stage presence was on another level and unlike many artists, he easily appealed to the young and old and to people across cultures.
DJ Lexy J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
SERUFHO: ‘Love Me Now’ by John Legend, ‘Imali’ by Black Motion featuring Nokwazi, ‘Our Golden Year’ By Dj Izzy featuring Han C, Amantle Brown, Ban T, Sasa Klaas and Dramaboi, ‘Ojuelegba’ by Wizkid and ‘Contolla’ by Drake. Surely I have to like the music in the first place to purchase it. Then of course for my playlist I always want to have a list, so that I would play music that goes well with my mood at any given time.
DJ Lexy J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
SERUFHO: Thanks Lexy, have a fantastic one yourself.