Despite his diminutive frame, pint-sized singer Lizibo has emerged as a real powerhouse in the music industry.
This week CELEB EDITION catches up with the ‘Mosadi’ hit-maker fresh from his thrilling performance at Friday’s Mascom Live Sessions.
Q. Why did you decide to go solo?
A. I came to a point where I realised I had so much to say and so much about me that I wanted to share.
It became apparent that this growth could only happen when I am a solo artist – it was the hardest decision ever but one that had to be done!
Q. Of all of your singles, which one is closest to your heart?
A. ‘Di-out’, which is the latest, has to be the closest thus far because I have gotten life testimonials from victims of Gender Based Violence.
One said “Ke ntshitswe dikeledi thata rra mme jaanong pina e ke tlaa kgona go ruta banake ba basimane ka yone” (I have cried a lot and this song I will teach my sons).
As a music therapist that is what I live for, which is to build and heal my nation.
Q. You sometimes sing in Kalanga vernacular, why is that? Don’t you fear this will put off your international fans?
A. When I started to sing in Ikalanga, I felt it was my responsibility to represent the very culture that has moulded me.
I don’t think for a second it will throw my international audience off!
In fact, the few I have gotten to speak with are so fascinated and intrigued by Ikalanga.
I have given myself the job of custodian and feel it’s my duty to spark the interest in people to learn Ikalanga!
Q. If you were not a professional singer what would you be doing?
A. If I was not a professional entertainer/singer I would definitely be a chef, that’s for sure! Being raised by a single mom, she sparked my love for cooking very nice dishes.
Q. Imagine you were President of Botswana for a day – what would you change?
A. I would definitely add a subject of self-reliance in our educational curriculum, starting from grassroots.
I would also add creative arts to the educational curriculum because when our talented, untrained youth meet international creatives they don’t stand a chance – they need training.
Q. Have you ever held a real diamond in your hand?
Having grown up in the mining town of Orapa in the early 90’s, I have actually held a real diamond in my hands many times!
Q. Have you ever forgotten the lyrics to any of your songs?
A. Funny enough I have forgotten my own lyrics many times! It’s because of adrenalin.
When you are on stage it takes over and you have to keep it going with the entertaining.
Q. Airplane or bus?
Q. Vacation in Botswana or abroad?
A. Definitely local.
I have experienced an amazing time in Kasane – moments I will never forget!
I also need to know more of my country in order to speak confidently about it on my international travels.
Q. Five things people don’t know about you?
- I’m very big on family
- I’m very big on my culture conversation/heritage (Ikalanga)
- I’m a very simple, chilled Ikalanga guy
- I want to get married and have three kids who speak Ikalanga then other languages after
- I was raised under two religions: Pentecost Clap and Tap church and Guta Ra Mwari religion