Kutlo Motshubi was born 40 years ago in Molepolole, his home village. Today, he is a force to be reckoned with in the Retail Industry across various market segments in Botswana. This retail guru is currently employed as General Manager for Builders Warehouse Francistown.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
MOTSHUBI: Well to be honest I encountered music from a very early time in my life. Growing up radio used to be the main source of entertainment and it was on radio that we used to hear music. Most of the music we heard was from RSA, the likes of Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, only but to name a few. There weren’t many music videos then so radio provided a great channel for me growing up. Music used to lift our spirits, be it during family gatherings or events or just during the day in between regular programming.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
MOTSHUBI: I have tried not to restrict myself to a particular genre of music. I am one person who listens to a cross section of music depending on the occasion. And my favourite time to indulge myself is in the car....lol. I normally take the longest route home at the end of the day so I can play some nice “feel good” music to end the long day of work.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
MOTSHUBI: Music has “counselled” me during difficult times, lifted my spirits when I was feeling down, made me stand up and dance during special occasions. Music has made me to get up and forge on just when I was ready to throw in the towel and give up. So music has been a great accomplice for me in this journey of life.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
MOTSHUBI: Hahahahaaa..... Music has evolved over time. We grew up in the era of Kwaito and Pop music. That was the main music then but now that has evolved to House, Electro, Naija music etc. So in essence, we are old school .Give me Kwaito any day and I will stand up and dance.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
MOTSHUBI: Oh ….Wow…. Brothers of Peace – Manyonyoba. My University of Botswana days, Year 1, 1996. To this day when that song plays I get serious nostalgia.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
MOTSHUBI: Brothers of Peace – Manyonyoba; Luther Vandross – ALL his music; and Whitney Houston – Didn’t Know My Own Strength.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist and why?
MOTSHUBI: I have loved and appreciated a lot of artists over time, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Brenda Fassie, Ringo and more recently Lizibo .However close friends who know me very will attest that Luther Vandross goes down as top of the pile for me. My collection of Luther is testimony to that.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
MOTSHUBI: Currently my car CD shuttle has Lizibo, Nathi, Khaya Mthethwa, Musa and Zonke. I have been playing them since the day I was travelling back to base (Francistown) after a great festive season with friends and family. The music speaks to my soul and also makes my long drives shorter and enjoyable...Lol!
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
MOTSHUBI: Thank you. Have a super one yourself.