Modiri Botsang is from Serowe though was born in Mahalapye some 40 years ago and happily married to Janet Botsang. We are blessed with a handsome boy, Amangwe Botsang. I currently work at HiFi Corporation Botswana as the Branch Manager. I have been in the retail industry for over 17 years now.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
BOTSANG: My love for music started way back in the 80’s while growing up in Serowe. We used to go to the farm with my father every weekend listening to his favourite artist Lucky Dube. This love for music intensified when I went to boarding school at Swaneng in Serowe. Living with different people from different back grounds made me bond with music from all over the world. While I preferred RnB and Hip Hop, I was not limited to listening to other genres, especially the kind that played every day in our dormitory. I remember a guy called Tips; he would play music from Splash day in day out. Who can forget the best times and days with Kefilwe Tamocha – she used to usher us with the best of Ragga Dance Hall Music.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
BOTSANG: Basically any kind of music works for me – it goes with the environment, mood and the people around me. If it moves me then that’s my music. Some will be shocked to learn that I do listen to Rumba as well; this genre does well for me especially when I am out in the Western Sandvelds with my herd boys and friends. There is a song called Hupenyu Mutoro that we play every time we are at the farm.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
BOTSANG: Imagine life without music! Music does wonders in so many ways. It soothes me when I am emotionally drained. When I am in such a state I simply go through my play list and play songs that will uplift me. I remember after the passing away of my parents, I would play a lot of gospel music and sing along. It helped me to cope with the reality that is ‘Death’. It lifts my spirits. It gives me comfort and courage and assurance that not all is lost. Sometimes when I am angry, stressed and tired music becomes therapy to me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the artists and producers around the world for making music.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
BOTSANG: Yes, a lot. Music, just like life, it changes. It is not static to say the least.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
BOTSANG: I have many in mind and this is because I am open to all genres. However, there are songs that take me down memory lane as far back to my boarding school days, especially songs by Buju Banton and Splash.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
BOTSANG: I cannot point out any in particular because of the many I play almost every week. All I can say is that sometimes I listen to songs when I read, travel, when I’m going through a bad day etc. therefore, they all become my all-time favourites.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist, and why?
BOTSANG: I’m trying to avoid to mention my all- time favourite song but here we go again. Why are you doing this DJ Lexy J. Okay, I have two in mind, R Kelly and ATI – these two are my favourites. I love their energy. I must have influenced my 7-year-old son because we are both crazy about ATI. These two are very creative and extremely talented.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
BOTSANG: All music genres are on my play list. I load music that will allow me to get into a party mood if there is need, music I can listen to while reading and also while travelling long distances with family. I have R. Kelly, ATI, Mosako, Scar, Vee, Charma Girl, Matsieng, Joe, DJ Ace to name a few.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
BOTSANG: Thank you so much for engaging me Lexy J and big up to all the artists around the world.