Malebogo Busang is a dynamic woman in her forties. She is a marketer by training and currently one of the upcoming local entrepreneurs in Maun. Born in Serowe and raised in Gaborone, she now, resides in Maun. She is the founding director of Black White & Love (Pty) Ltd, an Events Management & Décor Company. She is owner of the ever popular Kanajang African Restaurant based and operating in Maun. Her creative spark has led her to be a Concept Developer of note. Jalo Jalo Designs, Curios, Interior Design Concepts and African & International Ethnic Creatives are proudly her brain child.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
BUSANG: I fell in love with music in my solitude in my VDC one roomed house in Sehitwa during my National Service Days (Tirelo Sechaba). With very little to do, and so much time, what else to do but indulge in some good music. Back then, the likes of Boys II Men, Silk, Keith Sweat and Shai were the true R&B icons. My mother later bought me a Walkman (some trending gadget then that allowed one to play music on the go)
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
BUSANG: To me, I am a universal listener. My music choices are determined by the events of the day and time, and maybe the company I have then. I could be enjoying Andrea Bocelli & Andreas Vollenweider over a cook out at a friend’s house on Sunday, to a more upbeat sounds of Tekno & Mafikizolo on a Saturday outing and come down to soulful Jaheim, Anthony Hamilton, Shanti Lo and Jill Scott to name just a few and end up on a spiritual ensemble with the likes of Bebe & Cece Winans, Jessica Reedy, to calm and ground my spirits. A TD Jakes or Paulo Coelho Audio will normally sum up my Sunday evening.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
BUSANG: In the world of most creatives, and mine to be specific, music is therapy. I have used it to calm me down during the most nerve wreaking and intense eventing moments, to see it also ground me, in my emotional and somewhat hopeless moments in life. I find solace, listening to music in my solitude, and my playlists often have purpose, no matter the situation. I love to dance, by the way, something my heart does very well, but my body doesn’t quite agree all the time… Ha ha ha… From the friends I keep and the ones I have lost, I have grown to have a huge appreciation of Jazz and Classical Music. One of my late friends who passed a few years back, Matlapeng Eugen Ratsatsi has played a huge role in this regard. We got to a point where we would pair music with food! That on its own is the beauty of music and its power to change the mood of the dish or activity of the day.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
BUSANG: Not quite. But I have since widened the genres I listen to. My kids have some influence to what should be playing in my car on a road trip while my good friends have introduced me to quite interesting type of music from their travels around the world. I actually have been beefing up my playlist with interesting songs from Central & West Africa… And albums like Mali, is a constant now on my playlist. So, with the evolution of music and the collaborations between the young and old artists, I often times find myself dancing to remixed old tunes.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
BUSANG: Growing up, my parents used to play music on a Panasonic Gramophone, the serenading tunes of Steve Kekana & Soul Brothers. My Mother was so biased to Lucky Dube and Mahotella Queens, when these were played, we were sure of a family treat or a visitor. And they will normally start with all of us summoned to spring cleaning the house and yard and with that followed a huge family feast. When I take my long solo drives from Maun to Gaborone, my play list will have the likes of Salif Keita, Simphiwe Dana and Jimmy Dludlu… the scenery and landscape becomes more soothing and beautiful with those.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
BUSANG: Step Child – Maleh; It all comes down to love – Bebe Winans; Tekno – Be (for my friend Bonang Kwape & daughter Katso Busang).
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist, and why?
BUSANG: Salif Keita – he got soul! His music speaks the words I have not shared and the stories I have not told!
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
BUSANG: Shanti Lo’s Lerato, Simphiwe Dana’s Firebrand, Salif Keita’s Anthology, Maleh’s Step Child and of course a bit of Tekno here and there…
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
BUSANG: So long brother and thanks for the interview!