Michael Mmusi is 52 years and was born and raised in Molepolole (kgotla yoo Sejankate). He juggles two responsibilities – running a Production House and leading the Botswana Musician Union (BOMU).
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
MMUSI: If my memory serves me well, I might have been three years old. At that time boxes of Joko tea were used to create a bass guitar and drum. There was a gentleman by the name of Binnis who was a household entertainer at in the area alongside his partner producing various sounds with the guitar. I enjoyed the sound that was produced by the guitar and consequently I got attached to it. It brought magic to my mind, even though I cannot identify a song that I would say was my favourite because they were all melodious. This guitar concept came with our “uncles” who worked in South Africa – it was their way of entertaining themselves. Funny enough, back then, music was associated with the devil – our pastors and parents discouraged us from it. I believe the idea was derived from the bible.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
MMUSI: I used to love Rock & Roll music, the likes of Boston, Dire Straits and ACDC. This however changed over the years. As you grow up you accommodate other genres and as a result I fell in love with Disco music from South Africa. I was a big fan of Brenda Fassie, Splash (back then they were called smash boys, I was a close friend of Madoda (Cheek to Cheek).
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
MMUSI: I formed a group called Bwana Stars during the time when Kwasa Kwasa was taking Botswana by storm. I wanted to associate the name with Kwasa Kwasa, but then people changed the name to Bwasa Stars. I then got into Jaz; like I said I don’t have a specific genre, I accommodate everything. We then formed a group called Fizzit. We were trying to attract the Corporate world, because they are particular about what they listen to – they wanted Jazz and Fusion. The double Z in Fizzit is a resemblance of Jazz, so it was easy for people to identify with us. We played a bit of Fusion Phil Collins, a bit of Jazz mix with Khanda Bongoman. We also infused a bit of different types of Kwasa Kwasa which is called Sokus which is orchestrated by the likes of Franco. Music has an audible clinical therapy that appeals to my body. Music influences our lives in many ways. For example, our bodies are built with rhythms. If you listen to the heart it has 140 beats per second and a song has 120 beats per second so you can see that our bodies also produce their own type of melodies, hence the saying ‘I serve music, I live music!’
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
MMUSI: I listen to different types of music because of the position I am holding. I am bound to appreciate and acknowledge all the genres. Music of today lacks originality and creativity. Nowadays artists just recycle music from the past. I must mention though, I take my hat off for La Timmy – he has his originality and he uses his own language and fuses it with the music of the new generation.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
MMUSI: Music does wonders to the body when it’s played, pay attention and listen to how your body reacts to the music. It relieves stresses, tensions and can also draw you closer to your loved ones. I particularly love the Military Brass Band especially, the British.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
MMUSI: I love songs by Dolly Parton and Boston.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
MMUSI: I listen to anything that catches up with my system. I am always looking for new ideas, anything that lifts me up, I listen to Radio Botswana and Duma FM because the music they play makes a lot of sense. I like Lister Boleseng.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!!
MMUSI: The pleasure is all mine my brother. Thank you for engaging me. God bless!