Mpho Lesego is the School head at Morama Junior Secondary School in Jwaneng. She is 45 years old and her passion is working with children in spite of the stress and demands it comes with especially during their self-discovery stage. Mahalapye is her home village and Serowe is her second home by marriage to Moatlhodi Lesego. Her career in the teaching profession started way back in 1996. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and is currently pursuing her Masters’ Degree in Public Administration.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
LESEGO: My relationship with music started in 1991 when I was doing my National Service in Shakawe. I remember it was lonely and emotionally draining being very far away from family and it was not easy at all. Back then it was not easy to be released to go home to visit your family often. So I found refuge in music, it soothed the pain a bit. During that time, my roommate, Sedux Rajane would play Cassettes and we would rewind the songs we liked the most. We had the likes of Dolly Parton, Judy Boucher and Kenny Rodgers. By the way, I still relate with these artists.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
LESEGO; Mostly ballads; they appeal to me the most. I also like local music; there is one particular song by BK Proctor ft Dr Tawanda called Giroriya. I like this song but I don’t even understand the language. I can’t get enough of it. It is pure and original. I like disco too. I like dancing, and my all-time favourites are Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and Brenda Fassie. My husband loves house music, so you know how it goes…I do like it too though. Basically the kind of music I listen to depends on my mood, the event and the company I am with at the time. All the same, I like ballads a lot.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
LESEGO: Music has had a great influence in my life. You know in life we go through a lot, pressures from work, family and the society at large. At times it can be overwhelming. The diverse music I have listened to over the years has taught me different things about life. Music has taught me to love more, forgive, to be passionate, appreciate, to be patient, to be positive about life, to laugh more and find hope where there is none. Music is therapeutic, you know. Lionel Richie and Kenny G have had a great influence in my life.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
LESEGO: Not that much. I still like Dolly Parton, Joan Amatrading, Lionel Richie, Kenny G. Celine Deon, Brenda Fassie, Michael Jackson, Judy Boucher, you name it. I like music that speaks to me, whether instrumental or not. What matters the most is my interpretation of the song in that particular item. Of course one can’t ignore the fact that there are new kids on the block, the likes of A.T.I. (Khiring Khorong), Vee, Amantle Brown, BK Proctor, Lizibo (Malebeswa).
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
LESEGO; mmm… It has to be Smarh – Ndobolo. This song is very, very special and close to my heart. This one takes me back to the day I got married to my husband – King Goals. That was in Mahalapye. Each time this song plays, it takes me down memory lane.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
LESEGO: Hello - Lionel Ritchie; The Moment – Kenny G; and Heal the World – Michael Jackson.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist, and why?
LESEGO: Lionel Richie is my all-time favourite. He has taught me to love more. If you listen to his album titled “Louder than Words.” He talks mostly about love. You know love is the greatest gift of all. Therefore, it is important that we need to express the love we have for other people quite often. If you love someone, say it, appreciate the love you get from them, when they go through life challenges, show concern and be there for them. In this very album there is a song called Nothing else matters; it is very close to my heart.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
LESEGO: Malebeswa by Lizibo. Choosing the music I want to play on a particular day depends on my mood. During the week I prefer slow and soothing songs to unwind. On Fridays and Saturdays usually I prefer tunes I can dance to and let the child in me come out. Haahaaa… My Sundays are laid back. The Sunday Ballads on RB 2 work wonders for me.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
LESEGO: Thank you DJ Lexy J. Have a splendid one yourself.