Lor'd of the airwaves
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
By Tania Moleko
Radio personality and DJ Oarabile Mokgethi also known as Lor'd Rapture
When you tune into Kurara FM on weekdays from 06:00 to 09:00 you will find the raspy and yet incredibly pleasant voice of Oarabile Mokgethi better known as Lor’d Rapture. The name Lor’d Rapture has become synonymous with Kuruman based radio station Kurara FM. Lor’d Rapture is also regularly seen behind the decks at some of the hottest parties and events around.
“ My father was a radio presenter at Radio Setswana. As a young boy my father noticed that I had a big love for music so he took me along to his workplace and I sat in the studio watching him present and found it very interesting.”
We were pleased to spend fifteen minutes with the man behind the voice while he was in studio, behind the microphone.
The name Lor’d Rapture
When I first went on air in 2012 I called myself Rapture only. During one show I received a call from a lady from Wrenchville called Shaz who then called me lord Rapture. When I asked her why she was calling me lord she answered by saying that I am king of the radio and that I was born for it. That’s how the name came about. I always tell people that I spell Lor’d with an apostrophe because I don’t want it to seem as if I regard myself as God.
Love for radio.
My love for radio started during the times of Bantu radio. My father was a radio presenter at Radio Setswana. As a young boy my father noticed that I had a big love for music so he took me along to his workplace and I sat in the studio watching him present and found it very interesting. I was very young but I remember taking everything in. That is where my interest in radio started.
I am a self-taught DJ. When I was still a student at Kathu college in the early 2000s I used make radio demos on cassette. While making on of these demos I added two songs back to back. I realised that the two songs synched perfectly. It occurred to me that if I could synch songs like this then I could be a DJ. I then started visiting guys I knew had decks and mixer and started learning that way. Later on I started a group called Extreme Sounds consisting of eight DJs including myself, seven of which I taught how to DJ. Members of the group included popular local DJs like Mzitho and Biyaman. The group rented out sound equipment and offered DJ services at different events. Extreme Sounds later disbanded due to members growing and moving in different directions.
A man of firsts
I feel very honoured because being on the radio really boosts Rapture the DJ. Wherever I go people acknowledge me. I’m honoured to be part of my community’s history. I am the first radio presenter to go on air on Kurara FM 98.9 Mhz. I’m the first DJ in Kuruman. It is a big honour for me.
I like being with people. I like spending time with other men because I always get insight and advice from them. The other thing that inspires me is listening to music.