He’s witty and talented but in real life radio and disc jockey DJ Gouveia is a very private person. Hence very little is known that DJ Gouveia officially known as Gouveia Oupa Ofentse Mutasa won the very first Sprite DJ Competition held in 2004 reppin’ the northern region and ultimately coming number two (2) in the finals – as runner up to turntablist DJ Dext, formerly with the Beat Premiers.
“See I’ve been in this game even before some of today’s DJs were even born. At the same year I went to rep’ Botswana in Zambia during the country’s 40th Independence anniversary – a show proudly organized and sponsored by Peter Stuyvesant,” said DJ Gouveia during our intimate chat this week as he sat down with #BotswanaUnplugged to share his amazing journey. Born in Francistown but hailing in between Mochudi and Bobonong, DJ Gouveia was heavily influenced by Smarh Matlakala, DJ Bunz, Otis Frasier, DJ Base (RIP), DJ Tambai and DJ Sly to name but a few…
How would you describe yourself?
I am a loving and caring person, a true believer of the Lord Almighty in Heaven. I’m also a very spiritual being, very reserved, passionate about family and my craft. I keep a very small circle of friends, simply because I hate gossipers but also cherish every friendship. I easily get hurt but usually never voice out my unhappiness. Many think thing they know me from a distance but the moment they get closer they realize I’m just a simple guy who loves peace and extremely funny too.
Where were you born and where do you hail from?
I was born in Francistown in the early 80s. My mother ke Mokgatla and my father’s roots are from Mutare in Zimbabwe but he ultimately settled in Bobonong.
What’s sets you apart?
My name Gouveia.
What’s the best advice you have ever received?
My late father once told me, ‘My son, never trust a human being. You be yourself and die facing your fearful odds and remember family always comes first.’
What do you listen to or do when you are looking for inspiration?
Gospel music always keeps me going, whenever I’m in any of my cars or even at home I play Gospel. Often times, random genres also come in handy.
What’s the one thing you wish people knew about you?
I’m just a free-spirited soul with zero ego.
What can’t you live without?
Family and Prayer – getting connected to the word of God.
How many of you are there in your family?
I’m the 5th born in a family of 8, with two brothers and three sisters.
Tell me a little bit about your family?
I come from a highly spiritual family, which is loving and caring and laughter always prevails whenever we come together.
Who and what inspired you to become a radio presenter/DJ?
I started deejaying since 2001 whilst in Francistown under the guidance and mentorship of Smarh Matlakala and DJ Bunz. Nobody cares more about your career than you do. If I don’t push for it, people around can’t help me even if they want to. A couple of DJs influenced my radio career and these include Otis Frasier, DJ Base (RIP), DJ Tambai and DJ Sly. They truly kept the motivation alive.
When and how did your biggest break come about?
When I won the very 1st Sprite DJ Competition back in 2004 as number one in the northern region and number two in the finals as a runner up to DJ Dext (Beat Premiers). See I’ve been in this game way before some of today’s DJs were even born. Ha-ha! During the same year I went to represent Botswana in Zambia at the country’s 40th Independence anniversary celebrations – a show aptly planned by Peter Stuyvesant.
Who is your role model and why?
Without people thinking I’m too proud, I believe I’m my own role model simply because I can only be me! Other people yes do inspire and help me through guidance mara nna ke nna. Ha-ha!
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I’m a very easy going person and there’s absolutely no need to be rude or impatient towards anyone in life. Fame comes and goes, so why must I act funny towards people who make me what I am?
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
Eish! That one is seasonal. Often times we overindulge but my wife always makes sure we eat right. I will go back to the gym soon. It’s sad how I have a complete gym set at home mara dololo usage (gase gore ke a swenka) Ha-ha!
Do you have any limitations? Would you pose naked for the cover of a magazine for instance?
I believe the time I became well known I lost my freedom. However, I’m still a family man and as such there will be limitations. And the posing naked days have sadly long passed for me! Ha-ha! As they say, you’ll truly never know, just maybe if you bring a big fat cheque for me, just maybe.
What has been the biggest or favourite highlight of your life or career so far?
Eish! There are just too many to mention! From my 1st ever gig whilst in Cape Town in 2005, where I performed to more than 20 000 people. Also when I got that call in 2011 that I have a job as a radio presenter and of course playing at the first ever Botswana Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) which signaled the BOT50 Independence Celebrations. Temet! That show in particular had something truly anointing.
Which countries have you travelled to so far, courtesy of your work? Which ones were your favourite?
I’ve played all over Botswana, RSA, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho and Namibia. Malaysia was the best!
How do you handle the pressure that comes with your work?
Be humble, be real and act responsibly.
What excites you the most about being in the limelight/celebrity?
The mere fact that I get to touch people’s lives for the better in so many different ways through my musical gift.
Life would be simpler if…
We all feared God, loved each other unconditionally, lived peacefully and are all united.
What’s your typical weekday schedule?
Meetings, shoots, interviews, studio, family, rehearsals and radio. I have a very limited social life.
And your typical weekend?
It’s usually gigs, shoots, appearances and the studio.
What are your favourite out-of-town escapades; tell us where do you usually go to and why?
Mmmh! Trust me I’ve been all over so nothing excites me anymore. I guess just being home with family seals it all.
Where do you enjoy shopping?
It has to be any place with less people, ke shy blind!
What superhuman power would you most like to have?
The power to change people’s mentalities for the better and show them the light so as to live happily ever after in harmony.
Something that no one knows about me is…
Ha-ha! Can’t a man just have one secret?
My motto is…
Work hard and provide for my family. Be successful in my career and change the world positively by helping others. I also desire to stay righteous.
My simplest pleasure is…
My guiltiest pleasure is…
Imbibing adult drinks!
What celebrity crushes did you have as a teenager?
Mmmh! I guess ke godile ke le bari blind.
My biggest regret is…
I don’t live with any regrets. Whatever consequence I shall face I learn from it. I just laugh it off n say mara ke entse ma-ada yeer!
Before I die, I’d like to…
Having fully served my purpose on this earth.
What surprises you most about adult life?
Nothing changes; what our parents went through and warned us about we are also experiencing it. Gole worse le gone eish!
My proudest moment was…
Settling down with the love of my life, Mrs. Mutasa.
What made you decide to study whatever you studied?
I have always loved technology growing up hence engineering.
What’s been your worst-ever career disaster…
When I got lost into the darkest world of drugs due to peer pressure. I’m happy to be alive and free of such a dark world.
What’s been your biggest life lesson in your career?
Never trust anyone except the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ.
Wifey’s cooking does the trick!
Any juice really.
I have over 45 bottles of scents in my closet but my favourite would be my Tom Ford (Black Orchid) and Gucci.
What are you listening to right now? Do you have a favourite Botswana artist; African artist and international artist?
Sinach – Way maker.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing Botswana right now?
Lack of support from corporates towards the arts.
Do you support any charities or NGOs?
I’ve been a part of many NGOs since the late 90s. Ghetto Artists, YOHO, and City at Peace in Cape Town), Men & Boys and I’m currently in the process of registering my own. Watch this space.
What does it mean to be a Motswana?
Blessed, responsible, good-natured, amiable and botho!
What’s your message to Batswana, especially the youth?
Be you and not somebody else and always know why you want to do whatever you want to do before you do it.
Which international superstar would you like to work with and why?
Vusi Mahlasela, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Zola and dibrazen tsa House tsa malungu dah! Ha-ha! I want to simply learn from the best and those who pioneered everything before us.
Which African role model do you look up to?
Do you have any last words?
Thank you to all those who have been supporting me in anyway and just know le wena your dreams can come true. You just have to stop living those dreams in your dreams forgetting at one point you will have to wake up and you’d be too old. Love you lots. Just know you’re a better being and forget what they say about you. It simply shows you’re worth living. Catch me very Monday to Friday, from 6-9pm on RB2.