I don’t care what your name is but when Lupi speaks, you sit up and LISTEN. .!!!
Luphumlo Ngcayisa is that guy on Metro FM breakfast that always has something to say, regardless of what the topic is.
I fell in love with Lupi when I first heard him on the YLENS with DJ Sbu dissing celebrities for this and that. I guess what made me like him even more was his honesty and just how blunt and fearless he was. My fellow Ylens fans would remember….
I must admit though, the first time I heard his voice I thought he sounded like a woman but wondered why they would call a woman “Uncle”….
Then of course “curiosity” started kicking in…”what does he look like?”, “is he gay?”… you know mos, all those stupid things we wanna know…
Well, right now, ask me who Lupi is and I will tell you that he’s one of the best things to ever happen to Metro FM. After about 2 months of “breakfast show hopping” (you know what the April 07 breakfast radio changes did) my dial got stuck on Metro and it had a lot to do with his opinionated but sometimes twisted mind…
Okay, this is beginning to sound like I have a crush on the guy…let me stop and tell you what he had to say….
Brown Shuga: I first "met" you back when you were UNCLE on YLENS. How was that experience for you?
Lupi: It was awesome , we provided fresh entertainment the bonus was that there was no face attached to the name. YFM was more LIBERAL & relaxed I could do as I please without the fear of being reprimanded by the powers that be. The listerners were not as PC.
BS: Why did you choose to call yourself Uncle and not Lupi?
Lupi: I am now 10 years in the industry and yet very few people know who I am.I am extremely shy and enjoy being an ENIGMA
BS: Why should I listen to Breakfast with Thomas?
Lupi: I WOULDN’T IF I WERE YOU.
BS: What is your response to people who say the show is boring when you're not there?
Lupi: I have never encountered such people. The beauty about the show is that Thomas is not an insecure “little Radio PERSONALITY”.He gives every body a chance and hence there is UNITY and every body has a unique offering.
BS: Besides Metro FM and managing Unathi,Thomas & The Naked DJ , what else occupies your time?
Lupi: PHILANTROPHY WORK. I’m a social activist who is constantly trying to get funding from Peter to support Joseph. We have just started a recruitment drive where we work with r corporate to get our listeners placed by recruitment agencies. Upon placement the listener SPONSORS an under privileged child and part of the agreement is that the listener will visit the child at least once a month.
I am setting up a men’s club, where progressive thinking men irrespective of race, colour, creed or sexuality will gather on a monthly basis and discuss various issues from socio economic factors ,religion,politics and body lotions!!!
BS: One of the people you've managed is Vinoliah Mashego, where is she?
Lupi: She is in PTA raising her son and has since become a devoted ZCC member. I haven’t spoken to her in ages. I miss her terribly.
BS: What do I need for me to succeed as an artist manager?
Lupi: If you can mother children then you will pass with flying colors.
BS: In one interview you said "“I’m bisexual on Mondays and Wednesdays, homosexual on Tuesdays and Thursdays, heterosexual on Fridays, asexual on Saturdays. Then I go to church on Sundays." What does that statement mean?
Lupi: People obsess a lot about sexuality and sexual orientation. I’m of the belief that there’s more to us humans than who we have sexual intercourse with.
BS: If you could change one thing about local celebrities today, what would that be?
Lupi: Do we have celebrities?
BS: You seem to have an opinion on everything under the sun. How do you stay informed?
Lupi: My opinions are a reflection of my observations. I take a huge interest in people and how they respond and react towards situations. I interact with people from all walks of life . I am not into TV and my main source of information is books and conversations
BS: One thing that we need to know about you....
Lupi: I love LOVE
Q & A:
Birthday: 30 December 1976
Pet Hate: Ignorance, Homophobia & Xenophobia
Favourite food: Samp & Beans
Favorite form of relaxation: Sleep
Favourite hangout: Sophia Town in Newtown
Favourite Movie: Devil Wears Prada
Favourite TV programme: Not Into TV
Favourite actress - Local: Pamela Nomvete & Vatiswa Ndara
Favourite actor - International: Denzel Washington
Favourite music: Mood Music
Favourite person: My Mother
Best advice you received?
You are entitled to every thing this life has to offer
Worst advice you received?
Men Don’t Cry
Your source of inspiration?
The inquisitive nature of children’s eyes
How do you keep in shape?
I walk for an hour four times a week, eat six meals a day (half portions),no carbohydrates after 16h00 and visit a HEALTH SPA once a month
Lime & Lemonade
The best thing about being on radio?
You get to share your life with millions of friends
Favourite item of clothing: UNDER WEAR
Three words to describe yourself?
OPINIONATED RESILIENT AMBITIOUS
What qualities do you admire most in a person?
Any person who has as insatiable appetite for LIFE
You'd never forgive a friend who...?
I FORGIVE ALL THE TIME
The person you SMS the most is... ?
My best friend Tshepo & The Naked Dj
The one thing that your life would be meaningless without? People I interact with on a daily basis socially and professionally
What's the most extravagant thing that you've bought?
An Alesi Kettle & Toaster and had to pay four thousand rands for each item
On what do you enjoy spending your money?
Do you cook well?
Lupi don’t cook , clean or drive. Get hired help!!!!
Who had the most influence on you as a child?
I was raised by the village if I were to single out one person it would have to be my mom!
What was the hardest lesson you've learnt?
I AM STILL LEARNING.
Do you speak to God often?
Yeah even though we disagree from time to time.
What's your most memorable experience?
There are so many , I cherish every moment good or bad cause its part of my journey.
I have fond memories of my child hood principle among them is the day I spoke for the first time.It was a Sunday morning and I was 5 years old. We were going to church and I hated the METHODIST CHURCH because the service was boring.
The week before I had visited the ANGLICAN church and was taken aback by the colourful service .I detested the shoes my mother had chosen for me to wear that particular Sunday so I used them as an excuse for not going to church.
My exact words were ZIYA NDITYA EZIZI HLANGU as in these shoes are too tight. My entire family was beyond belief with joy and needless to say I was allowed to go to the church of my choice
Most embarrassing experience:
Life is a rehearsal we make mistakes all the time
That's Lupi Ngcayisa and my conclusion? He rocks!!!
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