I'm a relational being - Leshie Lovesong

Leshie Lovesong during Breathe at Maitisong in Maruapula PIC THALEFANG CHARLES
Leshie Lovesong during Breathe at Maitisong in Maruapula PIC THALEFANG CHARLES

Before she could settle down and put her "Ladybird Serurubele" (name she gave to her silver VW Beatle) keys on the coffee shop table, Leshie Lovesong was already narrating her story. No time wasted on small talk about the August weather or Gaborone traffic. She immediately went into details of her busy life of juggling between being an artist, human rights activist, and a practicing attorney.

When the courteous Fego Caffe waiter approached with the menu, she paused and without checking the menu, asked for one glass of Fegoccino Cioccolato. Fego Caffe is located next to the Gaborone High Court, where Leshie Lovesong trades as Lesego Nchunga, an attorney from Dow and Associates. Leshie Lovesong is a stage name born during rehearsals back in 2008 when together with her poets mates were singing Sara Barailles song titled Love Song. Before then, she was just 'Leshie,' - an adaptation from Lesego.

She came on to the spotlight during the glorious years of Gaborone slam poetry, the Exodus Live Poetry (ELP) days when Kenneth Cutrite Moeng, Tshireletso Motlogelwa, Tjawangwa TJ Dema, Andreattah Drea Chuma, Kefhentse KK Kefhentse, Phil Rotz and Malcom 'Luiet' Champane still had the collective fire and time to recite poetry. She was part of the ‘new kids’ on the poetry block who were groomed and passed the word button. Together with her best friend Mandisa Mabuthoe, they are the lastborns of ELP.

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