He is a husband and a proud father. Serowe is where he hails from, though he was born in Mochudi, he’s mother’s home place. He proudly works for Diamond Trading Company Botswana, a 50/50 joint venture between Government and De Beers. He holds the position of Manager for Corporate Communication and Corporate Social Investment and has now been with the company for close to 10 years now. Kago Mmopi is his name.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
MMOPI: I have quite a special relationship with music and have had it since I was about 12 years old, when I got my first keyboard and started making my own personal beats with music that was largely listened to by myself and sometimes my mother and close friends. My mother inadvertently sparked my interest in music, as she would rehearse her church choir songs at home while I played tunes to accompany her, and this led to me playing alongside the church choir at an occasion at UCCSA. Also, when the music group 3rd Mind was still in its formative years, I would take my keyboard to Block 5, where they lived. We spent time there playing tunes all day long. At the time my favourite was to compose the baselines. As I got busy with my day job, I decided to give them my keyboard, which was the first they ever owned.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
MMOPI: I am very eclectic when it comes to music. I listen to Kwasa Kwasa, House, Jazz, Latino, Pop, RnB and a little bit of Hip-Hop. Deep Soulful House is my preference and that is so because house is mainly about instruments and the artistry that goes into their composition. House has an uncanny ability of hitting the core of your soul without lyrics to it. As a matter of fact, I think lyrics sometimes tend to dilute the music experience, especially now days as lyrical content is vain and impoverished of inspiration.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
MMOPI: Music is my closest companion. Music, especially the inspirational type, has lifted me up in times of need; it reaches places inside you which only music can; music is a source of intoxication; it is a source of relief, comfort and solace; music is the highest form of worship; music is a deeply spiritual force which propels one to lands only imagination can fathom.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
MMOPI: I have gone through a phase of Reggae music (Bob Marley mainly); I’ve been through a Jazz phase; a Gospel phase; a phase of listening to the beautiful recitations of the Quran; and a phase of not wanting to listen to anything, but the sound of silence; but house music has pretty much been centre stage.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
MMOPI: There is an RnB song that goes ‘sometimes love has no rhyme and no reason’ or something of that nature and has been remixed with a house beat. That reminds me of one New Year’s Eve with my friends having a time of our lives.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
MMOPI: This is really a difficult question because sometimes even your so-called favourite song may not be the one appropriate for the moment. Although I love house, sometimes I do not want to hear any of it and would rather listen to some Latino music and enjoy it deeply without understanding a word they sing and that’s just the power of music. You don’t necessarily have to understand the language used by an artist to enjoy it…….I apologise for not directly answering your question.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist, and why?
MMOPI: I don’t particularly have a favourite artist, but if I were to choose one, it would probably be one who sings in a language I don’t comprehend so that I can make up my own joy ride.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
MMOPI: I have quite a diverse play list which would confuse a lot of people in terms of them really trying to figure out what it is that I really like. I still surprise myself in terms of my taste of music. Although I don’t listen to Hip-Hop much, I love 2PAC and have every single one of his songs. In general I would say 50% of my collection is house music and the rest is Gospel; Reggae; Kwasa Kwasa; Latino; Jazz (both classical and contemporary); Naija; Pop; Recitation of the Quran – beautifully melodically. Essentially I am not discriminatory about it.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
MMOPI: Thank you for dropping by. Have a great day too.