My name is Tiny Diswai. I am a middle aged lady. I am the current Deputy Chief Executive Officer at PEEPA (Public Enterprises, Evaluation and Privatisation Agency). I was born and brought up in Mochudi. Ke Lenoga le lentle ka mophato.
DJ Lexy J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
DISWAI: I have always loved music of all kinds. I have sung in the school choir at primary school and I have acted in musical dramas at University, therefore music has always been there in my life. When growing up while doing a physically exerting jobs like go sila, go tlhagola you sing so that you focus on the song and not on the physical job. When I was at University I went for traditional initiation (go rupa) and the music, the songs and the drums keep the initiates united and a team. It brings oneness; therefore music is a unifying factor and has always been there in my life for different reasons.
DJ Lexy J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
DISWAI: I am always listening to music, except when I am in the office of course. I listen to different types of music depending on my mood, but mostly I listen to jazz. I like dancing to jazz music especially when I am in a happy mood. I play my jazz music loudly especially when driving long distances. I listen to gospel music when I need to focus on something serious, when I need to connect to my soul and my spirituality and make major plans and decisions.
DJ Lexy J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
DISWAI: I wouldn’t say that music has influenced my life necessarily however I think music has changed over the years. Music used to have a very strong message content (mostly about building and guiding behaviour and very romantic) but nowadays the music is about rhythm with very little content and message to the listener. Music used to be quite soothing to the ear and to the soul. That is why most of the music I listen to is Öld because that’s what I personally relate to.
DJ Lexy J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
DISWAI: I find very few of modern artist connecting to me. I still play my old artists.
DJ Lexy J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
DISWAI: Oh yes. Many songs that I play evoke and relate to memories in the past. One song will make me remember a particular place, a particular event or even a special person.
DJ Lexy J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
DISWAI: Ringo Madlingozi – Eyakho (1); Miriam Makeba – Ntjilo Ntjilo (2); Zahara – Umthwalo (3).
DJ Lexy J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
DISWAI: Ringo Madlingozi is my all-time favourite artist. He is consistent in the quality of his music. His songs always have a message behind it. His music is romantic (I am a hopeless romantic). I like dancing and listening to his songs ,as well as singing along while driving.
DJ Lexy J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
DISWAI: My CD shuttle in the car, which is where I usually listen to music has Zonke, Miriam Makeba, Mzhwakhe Mbuli and Don Williams. They are my favourite songs and have a positive ring to them. They lift my spirit.
DJ Lexy J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!!