THEBE: I am Mercy Thebe, a Corporate Public Relations Expert, a Brand Strategist, a Digital Media Influencer and an Events Management Specialist.I am a go -getter, dreamer, force to reckon with,hardworker, vibrant, driven, and focused young Motswana woman. I am without a doubt a lifestyle,in modest terms.I was born and raised in Francistown and attended to school there. However, my family comes from Tonota village (kgotla yooraMolebatsi). I must also mention that I am the Managing Director of Brain-Fuse Group and Head of Public Relations at Limkokwing University.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
THEBE: My love for music started during my early childhood days. I come from a family that embraced all genres of music. My mother loved Country & Western, Reggae and Soul music and this got us listening to artists such as Eric Donaldson, Dolly Parton, Clarence Carter and the Temptations. My aunts whom we lived with, loved Bubble-gummusic. Every weekend they would jam with us to the likes of Brenda Fassie, Chicco, Hotstix and Ricardo. My sister Dika, on the other hand,introduced me to R&B. I then fell in love with Shai, BellBiv Devoe and Shanice. It was very sad to hear about Ray Chikapa Phiri’s passing recently. He was also one of the artists I grew up listening toWhispers in the Deep is my all-time favourite Stimela song. May Ray Phiri’s soul rest in peace.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
THEBE: I listen to all genres of music that I grew up listening to. I also need to note that during my late teens Ideeply fell in love with Hip Hop, till this day I consistently listen to it. My love for music intensified during the time I was studying in Malaysia where I started collecting music and to date I have a collection of over 2000 music CDs across all genres.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
THEBE: Music has influenced my life in so many ways. Whenever I need inspiration I draw most of it from music. Whenever I am hurting or in a bad mood certain songs aid in uplifting and soothing me. Music has also influenced my fashion trends. One cannot forget the Kriss Kross era Yeah right…I also wore my jeans totally KROSSED OUT (with a capital K) much to the annoyance of my mother.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
THEBE: It absolutely does. Back in the day we had great and inspirational music. Songs carried a lot of different messages that had an amazing impact on our lives. We had Funk, Techno, Blues and Jazz amongst others, while nowadays we have Pop Music and different types of House. Most of today’s music is just junk, although we have a few talented artists who occasionally produce really great music.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
THEBE: Actually I have two. Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All; is my absolute happy song, and it always reminds me of my varsity years where I would carry recorded cassettes that I would give to cab drivers to play, and my friends and I would sing along until we reached our destination. Lebogang Maruapula was always a great band member in such trips. The second one will have to be Brenda Fassie’s…Agg Shame Lovey, oh, my mother and aunts would play this tune during the weekends and ask my cousin, Gagoope Hule and I to dance to, and the winner would be given money or a sweet that was known as,’ Broom Stick’. I always emerged thewinner, mycousin could not match my dancing skills….oh, such precious memories, Lexy J.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
THEBE:Nicki Minaj- I’m The Best; Puff Daddy, Notorious Big, Busta Rhymes- Victory; Tupac- Hit Em Up; and Michael Jackson – Give into Me.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
THEBE: Michael Joseph Jackson. He had a huge impact in my life from a very young age. I think I possess the biggest MJ memorabilia in Botswana. I went onto name my son, Weno Michael Thebe, after him. I have always loved Michael Jackson, besides him being the King of Pop, he is the best to have ever done it, and simply put, he is the greatest entertainer of all time. He was such an extraordinary artist who always delivered anelectrifying performance and timeless music. Tla ke eme, ke tloga ke idibala due to the MJ effect….. Shuuuuu!!
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
THEBE:I mostly listen to music in my car. I own an SD card which has over 5000 songs that I love from various artists compiled into folders titled Best of Hip Hop/ R&B/ House/ Bots Best/ Old School/ Soul etc….my selection is based on my mood, although Hip Hop dominates my play list.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
THEBE: Thank you so much for this exciting and engaging feature. I really took me back in time…. Way down memory lane, Lexy J. Have yourself a glittered day ahead too.