My name is Shiellah Moribame; a lady of 36 years of age. I am the outgoing Head of Public Affairs Marketing and Communications for Business Botswana. I originate from Molalatau in the Bobirwa area; however, I was born in Gaborone. I spent most of my time schooling in Selebi-Phikwe and Mmadinare where my mother was teaching. My career revolves around Corporate Communication.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
MORIBAME: Music is food for the soul and always good to the ear. When music is played my body moves to the rhythm. I strongly believe that music is essential for every situation or emotion one experiences in life, either happy or sad. Have you ever witnessed babies relating to the rhythm of music when it’s played, I think that’s where the love of music begins. I fell in love with music at a tender age and I still remember how I used to try out different dance moves. My other name is Johannah. I remember how I used to love a song by Eddy Grant titled Gimme Hope Jo'anna" a well-known anti-Apartheid song from the 1980s. Because of the name Joanna I loved it and thought it was talking to me, only to research and hear that it was written during the Apartheid era in South Africa. The song was banned by the South African government when it was released, but was widely played nonetheless. At first I didn’t know the meaning of the lyrics but the beat made me so happy. I also remember Platform One, they played lovely Afro pop music, Dolly Parton and UB 40 just to name a few. I used to have a song book at my early age which had a collection of songs from Eric Donaldson, and UB 40 among others… One other cassette that I had was of Clarence Carter, do you know him and his kind of music…hahahaha and I still I need his music oh! I just played it on You Tube recently, thanks to technology!
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
MORIBAME: I am an all-rounder, I love all genres. I actually play every music depending on the mood and location. If I am partying I play the right music for that atmosphere which is house music…and on Sunday I play Gospel. To me music is how it has been arranged and mixed not necessarily about the genre, as I cannot pick out one genre that I can say I love.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
MORIBAME: It has a lot of influence in my life, like I said music can soothe ones emotions, like when I am sad there is certain music that I play to soothe my emotions, that provides a sense of happiness, as the lyrics actually have a counselling effect. Listening to music is therapeutic. There are certain songs that when played you feel like someone is actually talking to you. When I am in love I also play certain music that makes me connect more with my partner, and some of the music reminds us of certain memories that we share together.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
MORIBAME: Well, I would say with technology music is easily available. I think it is easy to do music nowadays because of what we hear and how it is arranged. On the other hand, it's becoming more enjoyable by the day and more genres and dance moves are surfacing.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
MORIBAME: Ha ha ha....Black Eyed Peas on a holiday with my best friends in Mozambique… and when I met my current partner. We used to play a lot of Nigerian music…Wow...! You can only imagine how everything turned up…this is not for discussion here Lexy, you know what I mean…?
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
MORIBAME: The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling; Dolly Parton – Just Someone I Used To Know; and Clearance Carter – Stroking.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
MORIBAME: You know Lexy it won't be fair to pick only one, because I have many favourite artists. I listen and appreciate all artists that you can think of. I always ask people around me to share their music, even people from other countries because I try and understand their diverse culture through their music. I happen to love some songs but have no idea of who plays them and at times I cannot even pronounce a single word in the lyrics but I would just dance to the beat hahahaha ... that’s how deep my love for music goes. I also listen to our own local music. I must say I really appreciate their efforts and the enormous talent we have in the country my dear.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
MORIBAME: Currently, I am playing house music in my car. As for Dolly Parton, she will forever be on my playlist alongside others. She doesn’t expire on my playlist which is huge. I shuffle between songs when I'm on the go.
DJ Lexy J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!