Celeb edition with Big T

Leungo Mokgwathi
DISCO DUDE: Morapedi Nkhukhu AKA Big T

Contrary to popular belief, Disco music is still alive and will be for years to come!

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This is according to Big T, a rising disco artist who last year bravely chose to escape from the handcuffs of his full-time job as a cop to follow his musical dream full-time.

Making up for lost time, the Etsha 13 native – real name, Morapedi Nkhukhu – has already dropped two albums since then!

When did you get into the music industry?

I have always been into music.

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However, I decided to venture into it professionally in 2022.

And why Disco?

There’s always been something peculiar and unmatched about Disco music.

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I can’t quite say what exactly drew me to it, but it had a lot to do with the decency of the genre as well as the relatability of the genre’s messages.

Have you tried any other genres?

It’s been just over a year since I joined the music industry, so I haven’t had much time to explore other genres.

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Although, to be honest, I don’t see myself ever doing any other genres besides Disco.

What notable projects/collaborations do you have to your name so far?

I have been privileged enough to get the recognition and eventually collaborations with some big artists such as Khoza Mokhozeni, Bongani Mooki, G-law, Thapelo wa Mojuta, Bkay and Nature BW just to mention and appreciate a few.

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The blossoming of my career has also opened many doors for me and helped me empower myself in other areas of my life.

This year, I managed to start my own enterprise called Big T Productions and Events Management, and another called Bullet Debt Collection Agency and Private Investigations Firm.

With emerging genres such as Amapiano dominating airwaves and nightclubs, is Disco still relevant?

Without a doubt, Disco is still very much relevant.

The genre has a huge fan base of loyal followers and I don’t think that is changing anytime soon.

Going forward, who would you love to collaborate with?

I would really like to work with Dalom Kids, they’re obviously the biggest Disco band in the region so that would be huge for me.

Locally, I would say Bisto.

I remember you being Skelem Key’s Marketing Manager, how and why did that end?

You’re right, for a while I was their Marketing Manager and together we even scooped a Glitz Award.

Along the way, they recognised my talent and urged me to pursue a career in music, which I did.

We have always been tight, still are, and I don’t see that ever changing.

What inspired the career change from being a police officer to a full-time musician?

Music has always been my first love, and I guess I was now ready to chase after it.

It was also about seeking greener pastures.

Did you ever regret leaving a permanent post for the hustle that comes with the music industry?

Not at all! Probably because I didn’t just leave, I had a plan.

I’ve always been a hustler, something which my colleagues at Botswana Police also knew.

Tell us about your family and how they’ve inspired your journey.

I have a very supportive family.

My wife, Bongani Morapedi is truly my source of strength and my greatest pillar of strength.

Five things people don’t know about you?

1.I am so shy
2.I am a Pastor
3.I am a neat freak
4.My role models are my wife Bongani, Lentswe the Comedian, Cox and Malome Biki
5.Sometimes people overlook me, but I’m a really good artist!

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