Grand West club disc jockey, DJ Small is an upcoming local DJ whose heart is set on conquering the music scene.
Officially known as Sefelo Dikepi, DJ Small spins the discs at the Grand West club, one of Gaborone's popular nightclubs, located at the G-West mall and opened throughout the week including Sundays.
He describes his job as interesting and exciting, especially as he works for a popular club such as the Grand West. "If you do something with passion, you will always enjoy it," he said.
DJ Small said as a DJ, you have to have your own collection of music. His own collection has more than 400 CDs.
It is composed of R'n'B, Hip Hop and House. DJ Small himself listens to Dance Hall and House. But as a club DJ, he has to play for the people. "Growing up, I liked listening to music. I wanted to become a DJ. I was inspired by the likes of DJ Fondo, DJ Choto and DJ K-Nice," he said.
The 24-year-old young man from Molepolole in 2007 enrolled for a course at the Construction Industry Training Fund (CITF) after which he found employment at the Zoom nightclub (that was later gutted by fire) as a waiter.
As an ardent music lover, he always packed his CDs when he reported for work in the evenings. Just before the DJs resumed work, DJ Small would keep the patrons entertained as he played his
In 2008, DJ Small was deployed to Grand West to take charge of the music section and that is when his career as a club DJ started. In the first days, DJ Small recalls that he used to ask for advice from established DJs. "They helped me on mixing and collecting CDs," he said.
He said while he generally likes socialising he is particularly careful not to expose himself to HIV/AIDS as he has to resist the temptations that come with the profession. He says he is currently unattached although he has a son with his ex-girlfriend.
DJ Small is not a newcomer to music as he was once part of a pop group known as the Klevers during his days in Molepolole.
DJ Small's ambition is to grow professionally with the hope of one day working for a radio station. At the moment he is focusing on his job at Grand West. He has, however, acquired sound equipment to use at weddings and parties, another project he intends pursing this year.