Francistown; His personal affirmation is that music heals, a therapy for both musicians and the people who listen to their music – a beautiful language and feeling. Popularly known as Motswafere, the R&B crooner rose to stardom in 2012 after auditioning for the local singing competition, My Star Botswana. His first performance on national television (BTV) saw him as the most unconventional singer with a peculiar style, raw vocals and a dress code that caused a stir across the country.
In 2015, Motswafere got a call from Canada, from Dave Thompson, former South African Idols Judge and Head of Sony A&R who notified him that he had heard his Parralle single and as such he’d love to work with him on a new project, being the South African show dubbed Coke Studio.The show featured other great artists such as Oliver Mtukudzi and Cassper Nyovest.
The show was a roaring success with Motswaferé’s face beaming on billboards over eight major towns in South Africa, an experience which translated into the height of Motswafere’s blooming career. He’s this week’s crush…
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I sleep a lot during my spare time, but I also write music and watch inspirational and life changing visuals online.
Who is your celebrity crush?
When I was young, it used to be Kast, now he is my brother and someone I really admire, he brother-zoned me. So now it has to be…. no one!
Are you single?
I am not single.
How would someone get your special attention?
Well someone already has got my attention, ha-ha, but they really have to be really confident and not be intimidated by me. They just have to be civilized about how they ask me on a date and stuff, and be straight to the point.
What has been your best or worst date?
Best date, someone took me out to eat magwinya (fat cakes), sweet aid and tripe, and I was really defeated, it brought back great memories, the little things and surprise factors always get me.
Would you date a fan?
No! because then they get disappointed when they get to know the real me, but I am pretty popular, so I reckon people date me first based on who I am rather than my status as Motswafere.
What would you change your name to?
I would NEVER EVER change my name.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I am so inquisitive, gosh, sometimes it makes people uncomfortable.
What’s your most annoying habit?
I like taking plates to my room and never taking them back to the kitchen so they pile next to my make-up, imagine. Ha-ha!
Do you ever get used to being a celebrity?
I don’t like being a celebrity sometimes, my life has become newsworthy and people can also create all sorts of junk about me because I am really interesting you know. I don’t get used to it in short, it’s quite bizarre.
Who is your source of inspiration?
It has to be my mother, when I think of being bad, her face appears to tell me no! When I do well I also see her face in my head and when am going through the worst I feel her arms around me telling me that I am stronger than my problems.
Do you speak any languages?
I speak English, Tswana, and isiNdebele, Xhosa, Kalanga and French – all on over 70% fluency.
Where would like to visit?
I would like to visit and stay in France.
If you were not famous. What would you be up to?
I would probably be deep into book writing and teaching Literature.
Who is the messiest person you know?
This is easy, my friend Maureen is a pig, but I love her much. Wink-wink!
What’s the most interesting thing you have read or seen this week?
The most interesting thing I saw this week is the power that God can heal if you believe. I spoke to my pains in Jesus’ name and they all disappeared, hence when in doubt, PRAY.
What would you like to be remembered about you?
This question scares me ha-ha-ha, it’s like I’m going to die soon. But anyway, I would like to be remembered as a fearless man that crushed normality and gave freedom a whole new meaning. I would also like to be remembered for my different music.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
I love my supporters so much. They carry me to light. I give them my music and Love, and I want them to be who they want to be and spark change wherever they are.