Moses Kago Maruping aka Rudeboy Necta is 38 years old and was born in Molepolole. He is the head honcho at WindRush Communications Digital Media Marketing Agency. He is also a Blogger and the Editor at Botswana Unplugged Online Magazine. The holistic media creative that he is enables him to run both his Agency and Online Magazine with ease. He prides himself to be a Public Relations and Journalism graduate of Boston Media House (Rivonia, Johannesburg).The Print and Broadcasting industry has so far benefited a good 15 years from this seasoned Creative.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
MARUPING: I have been an avid fan of music from way back, as far as the time I was still in my mom’s womb ….she tells me. I would respond by moving around more whenever she was in an area where music was playing. Music has always flowed through my veins. It’s also my heart and soul. The love deepened more at junior high school – Dithejwane CJSS – in Molepolole during the era of Girlie Mafura, Peta Teanet, Lucky Dube, Sidney Mogopodi, Chicco etc. However, when I arrived at senior high school my musical palate started gravitating more towards Reggae/Dancehall, thanks to the emergence of Chaka Demus & Pliers, Shabba Ranks, Yellowman, Snow, Apache Indian and many others at the time. I have been hooked and loyal to this genre to this day. I sleep, eat, breath Reggae/Dancehall music.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
MARUPING: Reggae music, be it Dancehall, Dub, Lovers Rock, Roots Reggae, Reggaeton, Reggae Fusion, Reggae Rock, Ragga hip-hop, Dub poetry, Samba Reggae, Soca, Calypso etc. Despite being a passionate lover of these Jamaican and Caribbean-inspired genres, I also appreciate soulful House music, some old school R&B and Hip-hop, traditional Setswana inspired music as well as Gospel. However, Reggae/Dancehall will always take centre stage. Whenever and wherever I need inspiration, it may be at the office, my car or at home I play my stuff.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
MARUPING: My love for Reggae music has generally turned me into the person I have become today. The genre I grew up listening to moulded me into a truly humble and caring being, who loves people despite their skin colour or creed. I am what I am today because of the musical influences which I grew up listening to over the years. Not only does it serve as one of my greatest influences in the world, but it also defines who I am as a human being. It also helps me to strive to become a better person. Music gives me the strength I need to push forward, to achieve my goals, and to believe that I have the power to change the fate of our world. Sometimes in my life, I just feel a rush of emotions sweeping through my mind, and I don’t know how to control them. That’s where music comes in. Music allows me to make sense of things. It enables me to express myself through the emotions that I am feeling. Whenever I start to feel discouraged or despondent, in a situation where I feel the rest of the world has turned its back on me and is just one big disappointment, I listen to slow, mournful, and depressing music. I especially like songs that have meaningful lyrics - lyrics that make you ponder over what kind of person you want to be and what my purpose is in this life.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
MARUPING: Not at all. It is the same. Me, being an extremely loyal person in everything that I do, I have seen myself grow throughout the years listening to some soothing Reggae beats. I have been loyal to this genre so much that I was also able to learn Jamaican Patois, the language mostly used in this genre.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
MARUPING: I remember vividly the time when I was at Kgari Sechele Senior high School. I must have been doing Form 3 at the time. Since the school was just a stone throw from my grandma’s house where we lived at the time, I would dash home during lunch to grab my mother’s Omega radio cassette player, which I would play in class during prep - time after lunch, can you imagine. My peers loved it. At the time, I blasted a lot of Shabba Ranks’ “Ting-A-Ling-A-Ling”, UB40’s “Red Red Wine” as well as another Shabba hit at the time “Trailer Load of Girls”. These are truly the good olden times.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
MARUPING: In no particular order, it has to be: Orakle – Breakthrough; The Real Magosi – Real Makoya; and Sizzla Kalonji – No Other Like Jah.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist, and why?
MARUPING: It definitely has to be Clifton George Bailey III, better known by the stage name Capleton, a Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall artist also referred to as King Shango, King David, The Fireman and The Prophet. I have been a fan of this man since 1992, thanks to his highly-charged energetic performances on stage as well as his rich lyrical content. My favourite songs from him are “Badness”, “Jah Jah City” and “That Day Will Come.”
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
MARUPING: My playlist includes a lot of non-stop Reggae/Dancehall mixes, Old School R&B and Hip-hop mixes, Gospel tracks, soulful House music including an array of Black Coffee Ibiza mixes, with the occasional local jams, such as Tomeletso Sereetsi, Han-C, ATI, Dramaboi and DJ Oats. It all depends on my mood, which constantly varies as the day progresses. You may have heard people say that they cannot live without music. People say a lot of things, most of which are far from the truth. However, when I say that it is impossible for me to live without music, I truly mean it. I literally cannot go one day without listening to some kind of tune.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
MARUPING: Thank you so much for according me the opportunity to share my insights in so far as music is concerned. “Music is the universal language of mankind,” said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and for us we believe people listen to certain music because it puts them in a certain mood. Movies use sound tracks to goad the audience into feeling a certain emotion during dramatic scenes. Without music, the world would truly be a boring sphere. My greatest desire is for everyone to feel and experience the everlasting power and beauty of music and to recognise the tremendous impact it has in our lives. Music offers love to a world full of hatred. Music provides peace to the corrupt society in which we reside. But most of all, music brings us life when we feel as if we are dead, when it feels like there is no hope left for humanity. Music is life my DJ.