My name is Gaseitsewe Michael Sento, a 48-year-old veterinary surgeon. I hail from Hukuntsi (Moselebe gko baga mma) and I am currently part of the Vet & Agric Consultant team providing veterinary services in Botswana.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
DR SENTO: Lexy, music has been there my entire life. I strongly suspect I am one of those kids that danced before I was even born. I am a Gumba Gumba generation blasting in the village, choirs singing at school and of course compulsory church attendance where you either sang or had to listen to all the songs sang at church.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
DR SENTO: I probably would now classify my taste to be predominantly African Jazz. I am the type of person that has the car stereo switched on every time I start the car. Considering the nature of my job which comes with long hours of work, the car is probably my ultimate connection to my music indulgence.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
DR SENTO: At my age music is very inspiring. It lifts my mood when I am down, it excites, tickles and completes me when I am happy. I also take comfort knowing that even at my funeral music will be played and people will sing. Music plays a fundamental role in my life especially whenever I experience pressures and challenges of life… ultimately, music becomes my refuge.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
Dr Sento: In my pre-teens I sang in a quartet with my late father, then danced to some serious disco in my teens, briefly went through rock in my early 20s, followed by R & B later before maturing into Jazz at the end of my long seven years of tertiary education. At my age now I identify with what the body can respond to with the least effort.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
DR SENTO: Sadly what comes to mind immediately is the striking song commonly sung just before the coffin is lowered into the grave. The memory of the late Professor Mautle funeral comes to mind every time I hear the song “Morekolodi wame”. He was very dear to me!
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
DR SENTO: Mutserendende by Oliver Mtukudzi; Let me live my love loving you by Barry White; and Ten Ten Special by African Jazz Pioneers
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist, and why?
DR SENTO: Oliver Mtukudzi is the greatest thing that has ever happened to my music world. I do not speak Shona, don’t understand it either, but he touches my soul with his music. I first attended his show in the late 90s in Mmamashia and he played non-stop from 11am till I left just before 4am. He earned his place in my heart with that show.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
DR SENTO: My car CD magazine has to have at least 50% Oliver Mtukudzi, 30% African Jazz and 20% of whatever is picked up from over the 200 CD collection I have in the house. A day cannot pass by without me playing Mr Shona-guy’s song. Not attending his annual show at Botswana Craft is listed as a criminal offence in my Penal Code.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!!
DR SENTO: So long, Lexy and many thanks for the indulgence.