I am Andrew Onalenna Sesinyi. I was born on 7th September 1952 in Mmadinare. I work for Bank of Botswana as Head of Communications. I am a Journalist and Author.
DJ Lexy J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
SESINYI: I think I was born with the sound of music in my heart because I cannot recall any time when I did not hum something or want to hear a song. In early childhood I was introduced to a gramophone which was a trademark then; it is now obsolete. My greatest joy was when a passing traveller, a migrant worker in the South African mines, decided to give me his old wind-up gramophone when he returned to the mines. He also left two records of the famous label His Master’s Voice. The greatest sounds of all times before and during my early teens were listening to my cousin Daniel Mokgautsi singing songs from his “song book.” He had the lyrics compiled from listening to radio. Children’s street choirs and my role in the Mmadinare No. 1 Primary School choir, where I sang tenor, also played a great part in my early years of loving music. It always feels kind of strange for me to hear someone asking if one likes music. Is there really a person who hates music? I don’t know, but as far as I am concerned, my very soul has notes and tunes and lyrics, known and unknown. It’s like food. But I detest loud music or music imposed on me during my moments of concentration in other things.
DJ Lexy J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
SESINYI: I literally love all types, all kinds of music; it also depends on my mood. Music is my therapy for a variety of situations. I love music most when exercising, driving, and sometimes, sleeping. I seem to have a predilection for reggae and pop. I have my days with classical music. I am embarrassed to say that I do not like jazz too much, except for the works of the likes of Louis Armstrong. I do appreciate jazz in a subdued background, like in hotel lobbies and airports.
DJ Lexy J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
SESINYI: Music triggers all sorts of emotions in me; I play music when I’m sad, happy, angry, relaxing and so on. When I am engaged in a physical activity such as exercise or gardening or fixing things, music is like steroids for me… I have actually discovered that my own music moments regulate my blood pressure; for instance, before engaging in exercise I check my blood pressure using a monitoring device I have in my house and I do the same after the exercise. The readings vary significantly when I am listening to music. My system shows greater tolerance when I am listening to music than when I am exercising without music. Music also triggers the poet and writer in me.
DJ Lexy J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
SESINYI: I have not really changed my music taste since childhood; I have instead increased my taste considerably. I did not like classical music when I was a child, but now I do; a lot. Apart from my own traditional music, I now also like music from other cultures.
DJ Lexy J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood or place with?
SESINYI: I have the burden of a retentive memory; burden, because sometimes when you recall events with people, it may appear as if you hold grudges, or hold them to what they say and then throw it back at them. It’s not like that though. When I hear a song for the first time, it creates an immediate moment and whenever I hear that song, the moment will replay. That’s the good part of retentive memory. When driving and playing music, I subconsciously attach songs and music to the scenes I see and the landscape I drive through. When the music replays, my memory replays the scenes and landscape. The greatest attachments of music to events are people. Sadly, I also attach some music and songs to death of loved ones. Largely though, my music memories are of happiness or nostalgia; largely nostalgia. I like missing moments, its joyful sadness.
DJ Lexy J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
SESINYI: Can’t Help Falling in Love – UB40 (1); Sitting in Limbo – Jimmy Cliff (2); and Reggae Mylitis – Peter Tosh (3).
DJ Lexy J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
SESINYI: Aretha Franklin and Bob Marley. Aretha is the best. Her voice is musical to every tune and lyric; it’s effortless, yet powerful. Bob Marley was an amazing artist and I watched him live in 1980 when he played at the inauguration of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. I have a collection of all his songs, I think.
DJ Lexy J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
SESINYI: I now download from iTunes.
DJ Lexy J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!!